Canada Immigration plans to introduce changes to immigration system

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Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced this week that changes are coming to Canada's immigration system soon. According to Kenney, the changes will make the system more flexible in an effort to combat labour shortages.

Kenney said Canadian immigration is planning to change the points system they currently use for selecting immigrants to make it easier for applicants in skilled trades to qualify for Canadian skilled immigration. This means the focus would be on admitting more tradespeople as opposed to just university-educated immigrants like engineers and doctors.

"People who are skilled tradespeople have an almost impossible job of coming to Canada under our current system because the skilled worker program basically selects people with advanced university degrees," Kenney said.

He added that once the government opens up the border to more skilled workers, they can attract "hidden jewels" that can help fill labour shortages.

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