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A New Direction: Ontario’s Immigration Strategy


The Path to Ontario’s New Direction for Immigration

The Expert Roundtable on Immigration – In the spring of 2012, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration invited a number of leading experts to examine Ontario’s immigration issues. The Roundtable made 32 recommendations in its report, Expanding Our Routes to Success.

Stakeholder Consultations – The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s Parliamentary Assistant Teresa Piruzza, MPP Windsor West, led six stakeholder consultations and received written submissions. Consultations were also held with municipal partners to ensure the strategy reflects the needs of Ontario communities.

Labour Market Forecasting – The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration analyzed data showing where the new jobs will be, the skills Ontario will need and the level of immigration required to support economic prosperity.

Collaboration Across Government – The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration collaborated and consulted with the Ministries of Finance, Training, Colleges and Universities and Economic Development and Innovation to help identify the role of immigration in meeting Ontario’s labour market needs.

Underutilizing the skills of internationally-trained individuals is estimated to cost Canada between $3.4 – 5B per year in lost productivity.
– Conference Board of Canada, 2004