March 1, 2022
On Monday February 28th, 2022, Randeep Sarai, Member of Parliament for Surrey Centre participated in the first hour of debate for his Private Members Motion
The goal of our immigration system is to support economic growth by bringing people to Canada. Canada’s population is aging and domestically we have a low birth-rate. Some estimate that by 2030 our population growth will come exclusively from immigration. We are already seeing evidence of this and currently, immigration accounts for almost 100% of Canada’s labour force growth and 75% of Canada’s population growth.
Motion M-44 would address ongoing challenges with our immigration system, filling critical gaps in our labour market by creating more accessible pathways to permanent residency for Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs).
This motion would target those specifically in Canada working in industries that are typically underrepresented in our current economic immigration programs such as health services, agriculture, manufacturing, caregivers, service industry, trades, and transportation.
While there are pathways for to PR for lower skilled workers such as through regional and industry specific programs, TFWs continue to face challenges in gaining PR status due insufficient higher education, low language testing scores. Despite their valuable contribution to our communities and economy, and great employment records over a number of years working in this country – TFWs continue to be at a disadvantage in attaining PR status.
“One thing is clear from my experience as an MP over the last 6 years, is that Canada needs workers and Canada needs immigration. By making Permanent Residency more accessible to more individuals who have devoted time and energy and made sacrifices for the benefit of our communities and our economy, we will help our country flourish and grow.”
Member of Parliament for Surrey Centre
M-44 PERMANENT RESIDENCY FOR TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS
That, in the opinion of the House, the government should develop and publicly release within 120 days following the adoption of this motion a comprehensive plan to expand the economic immigration stream to allow workers of all skill levels to meet the full range of labour needs and pathways to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers, including international students, with significant Canadian work experience in sectors with persistent labour shortages, and such plan should incorporate the following elements:
(a) amending eligibility criteria under economic immigration programs to give more weight to significant in-Canada work experience and expand the eligible occupational categories and work experience at various skills levels;
(b) examining evidence and data gathered from recent programs such as Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway, Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP), Rural and Northern Immigration Program (RNIP), and Agri-Food Pilot, and Provincial Nominee Process (PNP);
(c) incorporating data on labour market and skills shortages to align policy on immigrant-selection with persistent labour gaps;
(d) assessing ways to increase geographic distribution of immigration and encourage immigrant retention in smaller communities, as well as increase Francophone immigration outside Quebec;
(e) identifying mechanisms for ensuring flexibility in immigration-selection tools to react quicker to changes in labour market needs and regional economic priorities; and
(f) specifically considering occupations and essential sectors that are underrepresented in current economic immigration programs, such as health services, caregivers, agriculture, manufacturing, service industry, trades, and transportation.
To learn more about Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/permit/temporary.html
Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration’s June 2021 Report, Immigration Programs to Meet Labour Market Needs,