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Canada rolls out welcome mat to UK workers

Canada CN TowerThe Canadian government will look to its two main immigration programmes to encourage more expats to settle in the country, reports telegraph.co.uk.

Canada is already hugely popular with British professionals but local ministers have set their sights on attracting even more professionals in the near future.

The first of its two most popular immigration schemes is the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), which provides a fast track route into the country for foreigners who have worked in Canada for over a year and are able to meet a minimum language requirement.

This includes any type of work experience, be it on a permanent or temporary basis, which should help Canada endear itself to foreign student graduates.

With the help of this scheme alone, the government hopes to turn 15,000 expats into permanent residents of Canada by 2014.

For those who wish to live outside of main cities like Vancouver and Toronto, Canada will provide a second immigration route into the country. The Provincial Nominee Programme (PNP) helped 41,000 people immigrate to some of Canada’s lesser-known areas in 2012, and the scheme is helping to spread incoming expats around the vast country.

Chris Alexander, Canada’s citizenship and immigration minister, told cic.gc.ca the drive to attract top talent will remain the government’s top priority over the foreseeable future.

“Canada is in a global competition for the best and brightest immigrants and this plan is crafted with attracting the people we need for Canada to succeed,” he added.

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