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The Canadian and Ontario government have signed a comprehensive agreement creating a new framework to strengthen the cooperation between the national and provincial government to welcome and help situate immigrants, increase economic growth, and address human rights responsibilities directly linked to immigration. The agreement clearly lays out the duties and responsibilities of both parties involved, as well as their shared governmental roles in the matter.

This program, mainly designed for skilled workers immigrating to Canada, will also include the creation of bridge training programs, which the government has vowed to invest $91 million in ($70 million from Ontario, and $21 million from IRCC). These training programs will help newcomers get the training they need to meet provincial requirements to work in their select profession.

In 2017, the Canadian government grew its focus on expanding the skilled worker streams of acquiring work permits and permanent residence. In fact, the Canadian government also introduced a Global Skills program in June of this year, hinting at its plans on expanding the stream of skilled workers. Thus, as Ontario is the #1 province to which these workers have applied, it is crucial for both the province and the national government to work together in order to maximize the efficiency of the program.

The program also seeks to attract French-speaking immigrants to the province. There is an increasing exit rate of French nationals leaving France. They are destined to such destinations as the USA and Canada. Many flock to Québec, where the official language of the Province is French. Yet, few realize that French is also the official second language of Ontario and the other provinces of Canada. Furthermore, Ontario has more French speaking residents than Québec has English speakers. Accordingly, a well-advised immigrant from France ought to consider a move to Ontario, for instance, where bilingual job opportunities abound and there will be less competition.

What makes most sense is not always obvious, which is why holistic legal advice from your immigration practitioner is paramount. For more information, contact Véronique Malka, Chair of the Canadian Practice group at CKR Law LLP, atvmalka@ckrlaw.com.

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