Ottawa, November 2, 2011 – The Government of Canada’s Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration program has substantially increased the number of international college and institute students who stay and work in Canada after graduation. Today Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister, Jason Kenney announced that Canada has welcomed its 10,000th permanent resident through the CEC immigration stream.
CEC is an innovative mechanism which enables Canada to attract high quality international students to institutions of higher learning who become eligible for Canadian citizenship if they work in Canada after studying here. Many attend colleges and institutes where they acquire the advanced skills in high demand in Canada’s economy.
“Armed with diplomas and degrees, they become Canadian citizens and excellent employees, entrepreneurs and community members” said James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC.
Having a recognized Canadian post-secondary credential, strong English or French language skills, and a local social support network are major factors for successful integration into the Canadian employment market.
“Canada faces a demographic deficit and an acute shortage of advanced skills” added Knight. “The Canadian Experience Class immigration option is a sound strategy responding to the needs of employers and contributing to economic growth.”
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