If Canada is to remain a leader in innovation, more must be done to focus our efforts on building up the resource that is responsible for innovation -- talent. There already exists a global race to acquire the best and brightest talent to drive innovation and create the products and services that change the way we live, work and play.
The creation of the "temporary" migrant worker programs were at their very core a policy rooted in racist exclusion. And that's exactly where the clock is being turned to today. The shutting out of thousands of racialized women from permanent immigration status is being strangely spun as a step forward. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander insisted, "We are saying to the whole Canadian population, to caregivers above all, the time of abuse and vulnerability is over".
The government created major problems for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program when it began to loosen the rules in 2006; it created an approval process with little oversight that largely amounted to rubber stamping applications, which has directly led to Canadians losing their jobs to temporary foreign workers.
Some Canadian provinces and industries have the same need for foreign workers, and so it's crucial that the appropriate program is in place to meet these needs. The TFWP may be the right model in some instances, but permanent immigration is generally preferable. The temporary foreign worker program is only a temporary fix to the problem of labour shortages in Canada. What we really need is more foreign workers to become citizens. The Canadian government is catching onto this notion.