Keynote Speech by Corinne Prince St. AmandAugust 21, 2015
Corinne’s presentation titled: “Trends and Policies Affecting Ottawa’s Progress” provided an overview of immigration trends and the global drivers that generate the high number of new immigrants coming to Canada every year. She pointed out several factors that will continue to influence migration to Canada or emerge as trends including: the state of the European economy; world conflicts; and impacts of environmental changes.
Corinne also spoke about recent changes in immigration policy and systems, particularly the Express Entry System, “a hybrid system introduced in 2008, based on a human capital approach, but with intake controls and occupational filters.” Corrine explained that the Express System is in its early stages of implementation; and that the involvement of employers and Provinces/Territories is helping to improve the labour market responsiveness of the economic selection system.
Forum participants were also informed of other immigration policy reforms, including changes to the Caregiver Program, and improvements to the Provincial Nominee Program to address program integrity issues and responsiveness to labour market needs.