バンクーバーでの仕事探し体験や教わった就活・職探しのコツ等、スキルワーカー移民のカナダ移住準備に役立つ情報を書き留めてます。


by workincanada

掛け声だけは大きいカナダ政府の移民支援政策

「構想は大きく行動は小さく、の自由党」
"Liberals dream big, act small"
(Toronto Star 4月29日)

移民の就職を支援するためのforeign credential認証体制が、連邦政府、州政府、地方自治体の各レベルでばらばら。
やっぱり利権も絡んでるのかな。

The plan unveiled by Immigration Minister Joe Volpe this week to help foreign-trained professionals break into the Canadian job market encapsulates all the good intentions
...
But he found himself in charge of a "foreign credential recognition program" spread out over 14 government departments. To complicate matters further, the provinces had direct responsibility for professional accreditation and they had handed off much of their authority to 400 self-regulating bodies, such as the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons.
...
Take almost any of the Martin government's initiatives — its international policy blueprint, its climate change strategy, its child-care program — and the same pattern emerges.
...
His objectives are indeed ambitious. That's what makes his actions such a letdown.

関連で、過去10年に亘るカナダ移民政策の無策ぶりについて:
Diane Ablonczy
The government's pre-election promises to streamline immigration are too little, too late, says Diane Ablonczy, Conservative critic for Citizenship and Immigration.
(Globe and Mail 4月28日)



Apr. 29, 2005
Liberals dream big, act small
CAROL GOAR

It is an almost perfect microcosm of how Paul Martin's government works.

The plan unveiled by Immigration Minister Joe Volpe this week to help foreign-trained professionals break into the Canadian job market encapsulates all the good intentions, frustrated hopes and scant results of the past 16 months.

It began, as most of the Prime Minister's initiatives do, as an urgent national priority. Martin spoke forcefully of the need to break down the barriers holding back highly educated immigrants. He reminded Canadians that his father, Paul Martin Sr., had introduced the Citizenship Act in 1947 to make newcomers feel valued and equal. He pledged to "make it easier for new immigrants to quickly find their way into the workforce."

Months passed. The plight of new Canadians was sidelined by the sponsorship scandal, then the election campaign, then the preparations for Ottawa's 38th Parliament.

In his October Speech from the Throne, Martin admitted that "efforts to improve the recognition of foreign credentials and prior work experience have yielded too little progress." His government would redouble its exertions, he pledged.

Another month passed. Then-immigration minister Judy Sgro told a parliamentary committee she was "deeply concerned" by the stories she kept hearing of foreign-trained professionals driving cabs and mopping floors. "This cannot continue," she vowed.

But her tenure was cut short by election irregularities. All Sgro managed to achieve before resigning was an improvement in the government's "Going to Canada" website and an investment of $20 million in enhanced language training for immigrants.

Volpe took over in January, anxious to get moving. He knew from his previous post as minister of human resources that serious skill shortages were cropping up across the country. He was determined to extricate foreign-trained engineers, accountants, pharmacists, teachers, doctors and nurses from the regulatory hell in which many were caught.

But he found himself in charge of a "foreign credential recognition program" spread out over 14 government departments. To complicate matters further, the provinces had direct responsibility for professional accreditation and they had handed off much of their authority to 400 self-regulating bodies, such as the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Trying to get everybody moving in the same direction was like herding cats. Each time Volpe would schedule an announcement, someone — frequently an official from the Prime Minister's Office — would balk.

Finally this week, with the threat of a spring election looming, Volpe delivered what he'd managed to pull together in three months. It was a collection of useful, but modest, measures, most of which will take years to filter down to immigrants struggling to find work in their fields.

Although it was billed as a $269-million strategy, two of its components were recycled. Sgro's $20 million language training program was re-announced and more website improvements were promised. Much of the remaining money was earmarked for studies and research projects. The Association of Canadian Community Colleges, for instance, was given $200,000 to develop "models of accelerated labour market integration of immigrants."

There was one genuine step forward. A national agency was established to verify the credentials of international medical graduates. This will accelerate the entry of 1,000 doctors and 800 nurses into the Canadian health-care system over the next five years.

Three cabinet ministers participated in the announcement (five, counting the two who unveiled the same package in Vancouver). A bevy of local Liberal MPs showed up. They all insisted their government was dedicated to deepening Canada's talent pool and creating opportunities for immigrants. But their program did not match their rhetoric.

In any case, the reporters covering the event were more interested in the timing than the substance of the policy. Volpe spent most of the news conference fending off questions about pre-election posturing.

The Liberals might consider this a commitment kept, but few foreign-trained professionals would.

Take almost any of the Martin government's initiatives — its international policy blueprint, its climate change strategy, its child-care program — and the same pattern emerges.

The Prime Minister sets a big goal and promises swift action. The initiative bogs down in politics, intergovernmental wrangling and bureaucratic torpor. And what comes out in the end is disappointingly small and fragmented.

Martin is still talking about his ambitious agenda, promising historic breakthroughs if he stays in power.

His objectives are indeed ambitious. That's what makes his actions such a letdown.
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by workincanada | 2005-04-30 10:01 | 移民・移住に関する統計等