Ottawa, September 14, 2012 – Today Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister, Jason Kenney announced that Canada has welcomed its 20,000th permanent resident through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration stream. CEC is an innovative mechanism which enables Canada to attract high quality international students who become eligible for Canadian citizenship if they work in Canada after studying here.
“Canada faces a demographic deficit and an acute shortage of advanced skills” said James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC. “The Canadian Experience Class immigration option is a sound strategy that responds to the needs of employers and contributes to economic growth.”
The CEC program has substantially increased the number of international college and institute students who acquire the advanced skills in high demand in Canada’s economy and stay and work in Canada after graduation.
“Armed with diplomas and degrees, they become Canadian citizens and excellent employees and community members” added Knight.
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.
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