Canada is such a great country, everyone wants to immigrate over there, live the north american dream, buy a house, become a citizen… totally honorable. So for the ones who cannot find a work permit and make their way up to the permanent residency, they choose to apply straight from their country to arrive as landed immigrants.
And for that purpose, they need a solid educational background to make them important enough to get the precious ticket and be able to come over Canada. So their usually become engineer, senior managers, teachers, the long list is here, and then, they apply for permanent residency within their country, which could take up to 6 years to be granted, depending on the country of origin.
After all those years of wait, they finally get their shot and get ready to settle, full of hope and ambition but as a matter of fact and feedbacks, they fall pretty far from where they thought they would. Just about last week, at work, i learned that a front desk employee in the factory, paid minimum wage is in fact a doctor from Iran, but she cannot be doctor in Canada unless she goes back to school for 4 years ! A filipino veterinerian with at least 10 years of experience, guess what ? She has to go back to school and pay over 10 000$ to take exams and have her diploma in Canada ! A welder from Irak, came as refugee, had to go back to school for almost 3 years to get the canadian diploma to be able to work as a welder. In Edmonton, a nurse from Nigeria, had waited 6 years to get her permanent residency ticket to arrive as landed immigrant in Toronto, guess what ? She cleans the table in a McDonald’s because she cannot work as nurse unless she goes back to school or just because she cannot find a job.
These few examples resume pretty good the situation and the flaws of a so called skilled based immigration. Because in first place, there is barely to none established equivalency of diplomas and trades between countries so why bringing “skilled”people if you know they will have to go back to school to get their equivalency ? Don’t you think that within 6 years, Canada cannot find a canadian citizen to become nurse ?
Second point, english level. There is a huge gap between what are the canadian immigration requirements and the real world. Passing an english test is one thing but that will only indicate the very average knowledge of english or french you have. So let’s take the example of the nurse from Nigeria, or the welder from Irak, they passed their english test long time before being granted to come over, and knowing the fact that you can easily lose a language if you don’t speak it, you can imagine the level of english once arrived on the canadian soil after several years.
Another fact is that canadian employers like to have references they could check, moreover if the job is high skilled. They will probably call the last place where they worked and maybe a reference letter, and this will be a problem because canadian employers won’t trust much to call abroad and mught not even trust the foreign system.
So when i read that Justin Trudeau is willing to bring 1.2 millions new immigrants over the next three years, the only thing i was thinking about it is that we will probably have at least 1 million more workers in fast foods or in cleaning companies. Those immigrants, full of hope, are gonna end up living paycheque to paycheque on minimum wage, maybe will be able to go back home on vacations once every 5 years, on top of the money they send every month to their family.
And last but not least, with a soar in unemployment all accross the country, do we really need more “workers” who will most likely end up on EI after a while if they cannot find a minimum wage job ?