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Old October 11th, 2005, 04:42 PM   #1
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Ontario Eyes Brightest Immigrants

Ontario eyes brightest immigrants
Province to capitalize on multiculturalism in attempt to draw more people, sources say


Tuesday, October 11, 2005 Page A7

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will unveil a new immigration policy in tomorrow's Throne Speech, aimed at attracting the best and brightest people and countering a looming decline in the province's working-age population, sources say.

Mr. McGuinty will outline plans to attract a steady influx of new Canadians by capitalizing on the province's rich multicultural heritage, said senior government sources.

"The province's diversity is one of our biggest economic advantages if we leverage it properly," one of the sources said.

The emphasis on immigration -- and Ontario as a place where newcomers can build a better future for their families -- will mark the first time a government attempts to link the province's cultural diversity to its economic prosperity.

Ontario is far from alone in its need to entice newcomers.

Many countries are competing globally for people as they confront one of the greatest sociological shifts in history: the greying of the baby-boom generation and a declining birth rate.

One way to ensure that the standard of living improves and that government revenues remain buoyant is by enhancing productivity with a labour market that supports new immigrants and new graduates.

This also explains why improving the public education system will feature prominently in the McGuinty government's second Speech from the Throne, to be delivered by Lieutenant-Governor James Bartleman tomorrow.

"The best way to attract investment, and create high-wage jobs that last is to build the best-educated, most highly skilled, most-productive work force in North America," Mr. McGuinty said recently.

His thinking on the importance of attracting skilled immigrants crystallized last January when he attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where global aging was high on the agenda, the sources said.

A study released at Davos concluded that the aging work force is the biggest economic challenge policy-makers will face over the next 20 years.

In his push to make Ontario a destination for skilled immigrants, Mr. McGuinty could find himself competing head-on with Alberta Premier Ralph Klein.

The Alberta government is ramping up its marketing campaign to combat the province's labour shortage. It wants to boost its immigration intake by more than 7,500 people a year to 24,000.

For Ontario, two recent reports highlight the urgency of making dramatic policy changes. A demographic report from Statistics Canada published last month said deaths will outpace births within 20 years in the country as the population continues to age.

Statscan also said plenty of people are still coming into Ontario from abroad, but not as many are moving to Canada's largest province as there were five years ago.

Roughly 110,000 immigrants moved to Ontario in 2004-05. This was down sharply from the peak of 151,000 reached in 2001-02, as a growing number of immigrants chose Alberta and British Columbia.

A second report released by the Ontario government last week painted a bleak picture of its economic future as the province confronts an aging population and rising health-care costs.

The long-term outlook says Ontario should begin generating surpluses by 2008 but that health-care spending could push the province back into the red by 2018.

By 2024, it says, health care will eat up 55 per cent of all spending on provincial programs, up from 45 per cent today.

The drain on the province's coffers could be offset by gains in productivity from a highly skilled and highly educated work force. These gains would translate into significant increases in the annual income of Ontarians.

But this is easier said than done, according to the report.

Despite a rise in the number of educated immigrants to Ontario between 1999 and 2004, the province faces significant problems in fully integrating them into the labour market. In general, the report says, new Canadians have a lower employment rate than non-immigrants.

"Underutilization of immigrants' skills leads not only to a missed economic opportunity for Ontario and Canada, but also to increased social costs from greater dependence on social services," the report says.
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How to integrate migrants in cities?

Moin, this could probably need a revival huh

I created a new topic for discussion:
Urban integration of migrants: "Arrival City" by Doug Saunders and other concepts

It copes with the question:
Which measures can be taken to foster and support the integration
of migrants/foreigners/different cultures in the urban context?

A very interesting presentation about successful urbanist integration of immigrants, by author Doug Saunders in Berlin:

The Power of Ideas: Arrival City


Doug Saunders, journalist and award-winning author of Arrival City, talks about city neighborhoods that incubate and launch immigrant success: "urban spaces where the transition from poverty occurs, where the next middle class is forged, where the next generation's dreams, movements, and governments are created.
[It is here] that serious and sustained investments from governments and agencies are most likely to create lasting and incorruptible benefit." What are the conditions for investment?

What works, and what doesn't in arrival cities? Is there a recipe for immigrant success? This talk will be a mighty prelude to the Marketplace of Good Ideas.

International Cities of Migration Conference, Berlin, June 4-6, 2014: "Migration, Diversity, Inclusion: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity"

🔥 Tradition doesn't mean to look after the ash, but to keep the flame alive! 🔥
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