|Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism speaks during the Annual Conference of the Canadian Network of National Association of Regulators in Ottawa Nov 8, 2012. Andre Forget/QMI Agency
OTTAWA - The New Year will usher in some major changes to Canada's immigration system focused on one key issue - getting a decent job.
In January, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney will introduce a revamped "points system" to assess people applying to set up a new life in this country.
"As a result of our reforms you'll see a higher and higher share of the economic immigrants either already working here or being invited by employers," Kenney said Thursday.
The changes include placing new emphasis on having employers invite immigrants to Canada, placing them in a job on arrival.
Kenney said the new system also includes pre-assessment of overseas applicants' education so it's easier for foreign professionals to have their credentials recognized in Canada.
"I don't think we're being true to our reputation as a land of opportunity by inviting engineers to come here and come and drive cabs, or medical doctors to come here and be night watchmen or convenience store clerks," Kenney said.
Typically, non-refugees not sponsored by Canadian family members can still come to Canada, but they need to score at least 67 points for educational, language or other skills.
The new system will also emphasize youth, Canadian work experience and English or French language skills.