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NEWS RELEASE · 24th May 2012
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism
The Immigration Task Force (ITF) released their final report today confirming that B.C. will need more skilled immigrants to fill labour and skills shortages throughout the province, announced Minister of State for Multiculturalism and ITF Chair John Yap at an event held today at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver.

The Immigration Task Force was appointed by Premier Christy Clark on Dec. 8, 2011, to review key government programs to increase the number of skilled immigrants and investors in British Columbia. The report was compiled after the ITF conducted eight regional consultations involving a broad range of stakeholders and industry experts. The task force also reviewed and included comments and suggestions submitted by the public through the ITF website.

Through the consultation process, the task force members heard loud and clear from employers that if more skilled immigrants are not immediately attracted to our province, businesses may have to close or relocate, resulting in fewer jobs and opportunities for British Columbians. The report was presented to Premier Christy Clark for government review on March 31, 2012.

The report contains 10 key recommendations for the Province of B.C. and the Government of Canada, including:

* Immediately increase immigration levels to B.C.

* Grow and expand the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) as the most effective way of supporting regional economic development.

* Ensure economic immigration program application processes and requirements are as straightforward and efficient as possible and reflect business realities for employers.

* Capitalize on B.C. as a destination of choice for entrepreneurs and investors.

* Provide timely, effective information and support to newcomers and employers.

The Province has already taken immediate action to fill job vacancies from Fort Nelson to Mackenzie by introducing the Northeast Pilot Project which will expand the scope of the BC PNP in this fast-growing region to include more eligible occupations. This pilot project responded to ITF consultations in Fort St. John where employers confirmed the critical need to recruit and retain more temporary workers to fill existing job openings.

The Province will engage with the federal government to expedite higher PNP levels for British Columbia and ensure ongoing reforms to national immigration programs that respond to British Columbia's regional economic development needs.

Attracting more skilled immigrants is one of a series of commitments in the BC Jobs Plan to help fill the more than one million job openings expected over the next decade.

To view the final report, please visit:
http://www.jti.gov.bc.ca/immigration_task_force/

Quotes:

John Yap, Minister of Multiculturalism and Immigration Task Force chair -

"Travelling across the province, hearing stories from a range of employers about the challenges they are facing filling jobs in all types of industries impressed upon the task force the immediate and overwhelming need to bring more skilled immigrants to B.C. through a more efficient and responsive system.

"I look forward to working with my provincial and federal colleagues to implement changes to the programs available to B.C. so that our province can attract the talented immigrants needed in an increasingly competitive global fight for human capital."

Richard Brownsey, president, British Columbia Film and Media -

"British Columbia's digital media industry operates in a global environment where creative talent determines success. An immigration system that is effective in responding to the needs of business and recognizes the competition for talent is international, is critical to the growth of the industry and to increasing employment for British Columbians."

Lisa Wong, chair, Richmond Chamber of Commerce -

"The comments, and in many cases, cries, of the business community at the BC Immigration Task Force held in the City of Richmond were consistent:

We cannot continue our businesses without immediate economic immigration facilitated by targeted, realistic, and clear policies and procedures. Without such changes, our future is uncertain. The key recommendations in this taskforce report are the answers that the business community was hoping for. Richmond Chamber of Commerce believes that if these recommendations are accepted, many in the B.C. business community will renew hope for their future economic viability."

Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation -

"To sustain and create new jobs over the next decade we need more workers than British Columbia can supply. The recommendations in the ITF report point us in the right direction and give us the tools we need to achieve both our labour and economic goals. I'm proud that B.C. is taking this proactive approach to economic immigration."

Visit the BC Jobs Plan website: http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

BC Immigration Task Force members

The Task Force members are business and community leaders who understand the social and economic challenges of attracting, settling, integrating and retaining immigrants to the province.

* John Yap, chair Minister of State for Multiculturalism

* Tung Chan (Richmond) Former CEO SUCCESS/Chinese community leader

* Stockwell Day (Penticton) Government Relations Consultant/former Minister/MP

* Yuen Pau Woo (North Vancouver) CEO Asia Pacific Foundation

* Grace Wong (Vancouver) Senior Advisor, International, Office of the
Provost and Vice-President Academic, UBC

* Suki Badh (Richmond) College instructor/South Asian community leader

* Michael Hwang (New Westminster) Principal lawyer of Hwang &
Company/Founder and Partner of Amicus Lawyers

* Narindarpal Singh Kang (Vancouver) Founder, Kang and Company Law Firm,
specializing in Immigration Law

* Barj Dhahan Chair, Canada-India Foundation
I agree Helmut
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 26th May 2012
Its not about tuition fees, its about being told by corrupt leaders that this is what is good for you,whether you like it or not. We can say what we want about Quebec ,but they are not afraid to stand up for themselves. maybe the rest of Canada can learn a lesson. we have to be more proud as Canadians and demand more from our governments and hold them accountable.
Worth repeating.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 26th May 2012
"The situation prevailing in an economy based on the private ownership of capital is thus characterized by two main principles: first, means of production (capital) are privately owned and the owners dispose of them as they see fit; second, the labor contract is free. Of course, there is no such thing as a pure capitalist society in this sense. In particular, it should be noted that the workers, through long and bitter political struggles, have succeeded in securing a somewhat improved form of the "free labor contract" for certain categories of workers. But taken as a whole, the present day economy does not differ much from "pure" capitalism." - Albert Einstein.

On the first principle one can see that all free trade deals facilitate the free movement of capital and now we have free labour staring at us, or at the very least much cheaper labour which is the second principle Einstein wrote about.

If this outcome, the general hosing of the populace, was predictable in Einstein's time, what happened? All we are seeing is the beginning of a major upheaval coming. Are we sure that the riots in Quebec are only about tuition fees.
Get it?
Comment by Janice Robinson on 26th May 2012
Soon, you will understand. We have been trying to educate you....to warn and prepare you. Their land can no longer sustain them. Their soil is bland and used up. Their rivers and streams are toxic. There are billions of them, and they will keep on coming here....to escape the crowded hell-hole created by their ancestors. More than there are stars in the sky....they will come. Much like England, Ireland, and Europe could not sustain your ancestors when they came here. Oh! And, we were happy to welcome them. Learn from our past! We cannot stem the flow of humans now... Welcome them, and try to teach them some environmental respect. It is a good thing that my people are exceptional linguists. We're good at learning new languages, when need be. What do you think the next language we will need to learn will be? Welcome to Tsimshian Territory! Don't forget.
Thats right Ernie
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 26th May 2012
Ijust watched a business report on BBC last night ,its amazing what is going on . In Kenya ,the govt. has hired the chinese to build their road systems with chinese labour in return for exporting Kenya's natural resources to them. This could happen here also.
Who the Fk is hiring em? our tradsmen are unemployed
Comment by ernie wilson on 25th May 2012
wow this is outright BS theres countless tradesmen across BC without jobs right now with the unemployment ranks growing steadily as the minths go by with only seasonal lowpaying slave jobs hiding the decline for the duration of the holiday or harvest.
this is to pave the way for the BC & albertan along with harper the head globalist sellout to not just ship out our jobs to china (raw resources we USED to refine) but to allow what already common practice in the oilpatch to become widespread with gov tax breaks to encourage it: contracters from China who bring over their own slave labour to work the oilpatch jobs shipping out our old refinery jobs to them... this is the annihilation of our blue collar middle class being prepared& guess what? YOU ARE ALL GOING TO PAY TO HAVE DONE WITH YOUR TAXES!!
This is outright BS theres no jobs here for anyone including Canadian citizens, bringing over 3rd world slaves to take what little jobs we have when our soup kitchens/homeless shelters are full to capacity, the welfare rolls are overflowing in this long dragged out recession.
To anonymous
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 25th May 2012
If you aren't working its your fault. What the heck is wrong with you? I hope you are mad at those comments,because I sure would be. Ok I was kidding ,those are the kinds of things you constantly hear . You must be lazy other wise you would be working on all the projects going on around in the area. Oh i forgot ,some american has your job at RTA. How silly of me. The politicians keep consistently telling us that things are great ,but I too see many young adults looking for a good paying jobs. Soon however you will be forced into a job whether you like it or not,no matter what the pay is an no matter how rotten the employer is . Don't worry however ,the day of reckoning is coming to Canada soon. Its impossible for people to keep putting up with the corruption and greed that is happening all around the world.... It started in the middle east ,has slowly started working its way to Europe and now even in Quebec, The youth of this country have got to straighten out the mess we older folks have created.Its a shame ,but you are the ones that have not been corrupted as of yet and have the energy to start something big. Good luck
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Comment by annonomus on 25th May 2012
what about the people who r struggling to live in bc in the first place because of no work??? bet no one thought of them!
when you cannot believe anything the gvmt says
Comment by blocky bear on 24th May 2012
Union busting, student education denial, closing schools, trade education, safety compromised, on and on! This situation is untenable! d.b.
Really ?
Comment by Paul Johnston on 24th May 2012
BC needs better educational opportunities at affordable rates; better labour legislation to enure the right of workers to uniuonise; better wages and benefits for those who are able to find a job ---- stripping developing countries of their best and brightest is not the best option.