Senior Fellow, Maytree
Naomi Alboim is a Senior Fellow at Maytree, and a fellow, adjunct professor and Chair of the Policy Forum at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University in Canada. Naomi is the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), and chairs its Intergovernmental Relations Committee. She also serves on the Steering Committee for ALLIES (Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies). Previously, Naomi worked at senior levels in the Canadian federal and Ontario provincial governments for twenty-five years, including eight years as Deputy Minister in three different portfolios. Naomi is a recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals for Public Service and is a member of the Order of Ontario.
Canada's immigration selection system has always been rigorous, in part because we have viewed immigrants as "citizens in waiting." After three years of permanent residence, they are able to apply for citizenship and more than 89 per cent choose to do so -- one of the highest naturalization rates in the world. But, recent and proposed changes to Canada's immigration and citizenship rules are making it much more difficult for immigrants to become citizens.
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