Canada Immigration Key to Sustaining the Canadian Population

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With a dwindling national birthrate and baby boomers nearing the end of their lifespans towards 2030, Canada will soon be completely dependent on immigration to maintain population and economic growth. According to a Statistics Canada national census, immigration is currently responsible for two thirds of Canada's 5.4% growth.

Foreign skills accreditation in Canada has not kept pace with rising immigration levels. Given the importance of immigrants to our country's economy, Canada will need to do better

This trend will continue and the Canadian economy and Canadian employers will become even more reliant on newly arriving immigrants and foreign workers to staff their organizations. Canada is currently admitting over 250,000 immigrants every year, mainly under the Federal Skilled Worker category, which selects candidates based on education, training, and work experience.

Attorney David Cohen, of the Canadian immigration law firm of Campbell Cohen, believes that Canadian immigration has already reached a critical mass. "Immigrants are an integral part of what Canada is and what it is going to be," he states, highlighting that Canada has no choice but to encourage immigration to sustain the country. "The question on an economic, but more importantly, on a human level, is how to make their transition to Canada as smooth as possible." Of the view that the most important element to immigrant integration is finding meaningful work in Canada, Cohen raises the issue of accreditation and foreign skill recognition. "Foreign skills accreditation in Canada has not kept pace with rising immigration levels. Given the importance of immigrants to our country's economy, Canada will need to do better," states Cohen.

About David Cohen

Attorney David Cohen is a Senior Partner at the Canadian law firm of Campbell Cohen and a Managing Editor of canadavisa.com. Cohen started his practice in 1976. He graduated from Montreal's McGill University Faculty of Law, and is a member of the Quebec and Canadian Bar Associations as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Most recently, he was appointed a governor of the Fondation du Barreau du Québec.

About Canadavisa.com

The Canadavisa.com website is the largest on-line source of information about immigration to Canada. The site is the on-line presence of Campbell Cohen, Canada's leading immigration law firm, employing over 30 lawyers, paralegals, and support staff who provide turnkey immigration services with complete preparation of permanent residency and temporary work permit applications. Campbell Cohen provides expert advice in preparation of the immigration process. In 1994, David Cohen launched canadavisa.com and became one of the first lawyers to offer a full range of Canadian immigration services to prospective immigrants and foreign workers over the internet.

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