Erin O’Toole Announces Plan for Immigration

Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Erin O’Toole today announced his plan to build an immigration system that Canadians can count on.

O’Toole committed that a government he leads will end long-term reliance upon and abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker program, attract skilled immigrants to Canada, and ensure that our country continues to show compassion to those at risk around the world.

O’Toole will restrict the Temporary Foreign Worker program to jobs that truly are temporary and cannot be done by Canadians. Agriculture and tourism are examples of industries that rely on these kinds of temporary workers and will be allowed to continue to do so. High tech and service industries will no longer be allowed to rely on temporary foreign workers, but O’Toole will ensure that they can find the skilled workers they need – both trained young Canadians and skilled immigrants.

Refugee resettlement priority will be given to the Yazidi people being persecuted by ISIS and the remaining interpreters who served bravely alongside Canadian Armed Forces members during the Afghanistan War, as many are still left behind.

The Provincial Nominee programs will be modernized to meet long-term regional objectives and ensure that Atlantic Canada and other areas get the workers and population growth they need. Immigration will be fast tracked, results-driven and points assisted for those coming and staying in areas like Atlantic Canada.

O’Toole announced that, as Prime Minister, he will base immigration on three principles:

  1. STEADY levels: Our immigration levels shouldn’t be a surprise to be unveiled by the government each year, but should instead be planned and dependable.
  2. SKILLS-based: With growing shortages of skilled workers threatening our future prosperity and the ability of our economy to create jobs, we need to focus on attracting those with the skills our country needs.
  3. SECURE: The security of our people can never be taken for granted. Our immigration system must continue to ensure that those who pose a threat will be prevented from entering.

Erin O’Toole Announces Plan for Immigration
“To ensure that Canada remains a land of growth and opportunity, we need to ensure that our immigration system admits those who want to come here to build a better life for their families, while keeping out any who threaten our security.” – Erin O’Toole, MP Durham (Ontario).

“The TFW program isn’t working today and Justin Trudeau’s changes won’t fix it. We are in a global fight for talent and should be training Canadians for high skilled jobs and attracting the best in the world to make Canada their home – not bringing in foreign workers for a year or two at a time.” – Erin O’Toole, MP Durham (Ontario).

“High tech jobs should not be filled by temporary foreign workers. My plan would ensure that high tech companies can find the skilled workers they need by: helping more young people train for in-demand jobs through my Generation Kickstart plan, and making the immigration system more skills-based so that those offered permanent, high-skill jobs here will be given a path to becoming Canadian, not treated as temporary help.” – Erin O’Toole, MP Durham (Ontario).

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