A new agreement was announced by the governments of Ontario and Canada with intent to improve their efforts to hire skilled immigrants and provide them with the training they must have to meet occupational requirements of the province in their occupations.
Included in the COIA (Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement) is a funding close to CAD91 million allocated for bridge training programs for the next three years to aid migrants to tweak their skills in accordance with professional standards with Ontario.
Launched on 24 November in a ceremony, the agreement witnessed the presence of Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Laura Albanese, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
CIC News quotes a new release as saying that the governments stated that the COIA sets up a framework to fortify their joint efforts to welcome immigrants to the province and with a view to better the economy of Ontario, most populous and prosperous province of Canada. The agreement will also strengthen their shared humanitarian obligations and their capability to attract Francophile immigrants to this province.
Hussen said that Ontario was the most sought-after destination for newly arrived permanent residents settling in this North American country, which surpasses a figure of 100,000 every year.
He said that this was the appropriate time to come out with a new agreement that would specify how Ontario and Canada will collaborate to attain their mutual goals.
According to Hussen, the new agreement will extend support to the formidable targets laid out in the multi-year Immigration Levels Plan of Canada that was announced recently. The plan will witness the admission of new permanent residents, numbering around one million, entering Canada during the period 2018-2020.
Albanese said that as immigration will benefit both Ontario and Canada, these benefits will increase with this agreement.
She added that the COIA will improve the ability of Ontario to cooperate with the federal government to lure skilled migrants who will prove beneficial for their shared economies and contribute to the future prosperity of Canada.
Ontario had issued 6,000 nominations in 2017 to candidates for the permanent residency of Canada through its OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program).
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