04 June 2008

Canadian support immigration that fills skills shortages

The majority of Canadians think immigration is important to the future of the country, according to a new poll. The survey, conducted by Nano Research for Policy Options magazine, found 72.6 per cent of the country's citizens ranked immigration to Canada as 'important' or 'somewhat important', reports the Vancouver Sun.

In addition, almost 85 per cent thought it was important for Canadian visa holders to cater to the labour market's needs. Nik Nanos, President of the research firm, told the newspaper: "Canada sees immigration policy as a nation-building exercise from the point of view of our economy and the family. Canadians were on board in terms of making sure when someone does come to Canada, that they've got the skills Canada needs to be stronger."

Mr Nanos said the poll was conducted ahead of the proposed visa changes, which were passed in the commons yesterday. The reforms to the Canadian immigration process will see people from certain sectors given preference over others.

Canada welcomes new immigrants: The Canadian Visa Bureau can assist skilled workers interested in Canadian immigration. More information on Canadian visas is available on the website. Anyone applying for a Canadian visa should begin by completing the online Canadian visa application to see if they meet the legislative requirements.

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