Question: How will you make it easier for new Canadians to certify their academic and professional credentials and integrate quickly into our labour force and economy?
Question: What are your Party’s views on the Federal Government’s changes in 2014 and 2015 to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”)? Should the TFWP be revamped to provide a more effective way to permanent residency and citizenship?
Question: What should Canada’s response be to the Syrian refugee crisis?
Answer: Canada does better when everyone has a real and fair chance at success. Canada has flourished because of people coming to Canada from every corner of the world and choosing to work hard to build success for themselves, their families, and their communities. Our country’s history of welcoming immigrants from all parts of the world—and providing a pathway to them becoming citizens—has contributed to an ever growing, ever more diverse country. The result has been a Canada that is strong—not in spite of—but because of our differences.
Immigration has always played—and always will play—a central role in our economy, particularly in urban centres like Calgary. Attracting newcomers from around the world will contribute to the future success of our country. Our immigration system must do better to welcome community builders and encourage entrepreneurs.
Canada needs a new plan for our immigration system that is grounded in compassion and economic opportunity so that immigrants and refugees can build a new life for themselves in Canada and contribute to the economic success of all Canadians. Commitments from the Liberal Party of Canada on immigration so far include:
- Ensuring a permanent pathway to citizenship for immigrants;
- Reinstating the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP);
- Fixing the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program to ensure a permanent pathway to citizenship;
- Repealing the elements of C-24 that create second-class citizens, because no elected official should have the exclusive power to grant or revoke citizenship; and
- Working with the provinces and credential recognition bodies to ensure that new immigrants who have the education and work experience to work in their field have the opportunity to do so.
We will also significantly expand our refugee targets and give more victims of war a safe haven in Canada, starting with taking immediate action on the Syrian refugee crisis by (1) expanding Canada’s intake to 25,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq through immediate, direct sponsorship by the government of Canada and also working with private sponsors to intake even more; (2) investing at least an additional $100 million this fiscal year to increase—without reducing standards—refugee processing, as well as sponsorship and settlement services capacity in Canada; and (3) providing an immediate $100 million new contribution to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to support the critical relief activities in Syria and the surrounding area.
These are just some of measures that a Liberal government will pursue to ensure the support of immigrants and refugees so that they can reach their full social, political, and economic potential. Please keep an eye on RealChange.ca for future announcements in the days ahead on a Liberal government’s plan for immigration.