Earlier this year, the government of Canada launched Express Entry, a new immigration system that replaces the former points system, which brought in skilled immigrants through a first come, first served basis. Express Entry uses a comprehensive ranking system that allocates potential candidates points for skills, work experience, language ability, education and other transferable factors. Candidates who are eligible are then placed into a pool and invited to apply to immigrate, based on the number of points they’ve been assigned. The higher the points, the better the chance of an invitation. Those with a job offer from a Canadian employer, receive additional points and are automatically pushed to the top of the pile. In this show, we’ll be talking to three guests who can shed more light on how Express Entry has been unfolding.
Sarah Anson-Cartwright, Director of Skills Policy – Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Sarah is responsible for skills, training, education and immigration policy development and advocacy in Ottawa. With experience in the corporate and public sectors, she is a leading advocate and voice on government policies vis-a-vis employers’ needs. Sarah’s career includes government relations positions at BCE/Bell Canada, Global Public Affairs and Stentor Telecom Policy Inc. Sarah holds an Honours B.A. (Economics) from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Public Administration from Carleton University.
Professor Jeffrey Reitz, Director of Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies – University of Toronto
Professor Reitz examines the social, economic and political experiences of immigrant and ethnic populations, and has a number of projects underway in Canada. His current comparative research examines the experience of Muslim immigration in France, Quebec and Canada. During 2012-2014 he was affiliated with L’école des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
Sharaf Sultan, Employment & Workplace Immigration Lawyer – Sultan Lawyers PC
Sharaf advises employers on a wide range of immigration matters for companies involved in the relocation or hiring of foreigners into the Canadian labour market, particularly with regard to Business Visitor visa applications, intra-company transfers, Labour Market Opinion applications, and applications for permanent residence. He also regularly writes and speaks publicly on both employment and workplace immigration matters.
Dipal Damani, Guest Show Host
Janet Tsang, Technical Producer
Alyssa Wali, Technical Producer
Helen Tamburro, Show Producer
Nirmalan Vijeyakumar, Executive Producer