Manitoba gathers feedback on immigration strategy
Officials are asking how new Canadians can take the pressure off the province’s tight labour markets.
City lights brighten up a snowy evening in Winnipeg, Man. – City of Winnipeg
The province is inviting Manitobans to give their feedback on how the immigration system could be improved.
“Our government recognizes the staffing challenges facing employers, so finding the best ways to tap into the skills and experience that many newcomers have to offer to address the current labour shortage has the potential to lead to a stronger workforce for all Manitobans,” said Jon Reyes, minister of advanced education. “As we continue to develop a full continuum of immigration programs and services, we value the ideas, advice and experiences of others in shaping immigration policies that produce the greatest benefit for all concerned. I encourage all Manitobans to share their ideas via this public engagement survey to help inform this important aspect of public policy.”
The Manitoba Immigration Advisory Council (MIAC), co-chaired by Reyes and minister of foreign affairs Lloyd Axworthy, includes 20 members with expertise related to immigration services, governance, economic development, project management and community integration. It represents front-line immigration service providers, ethnocultural community leaders and organizations, and members of Manitoba’s business, industry and academic communities. It also has urban, regional and francophone representation.
During the past several months, the council held town halls across the province, listening to Manitobans offer thoughts on:
- Improving immigration programs and policies.
- Improving the responsiveness of programs to address labour market shortages and needs.
- Ensuring programs and services support newcomers to the province to strengthen the economy for all.
Officials stated that the public engagement survey provides another opportunity to share insights and hear from the public.
To participate in the engagement process, visit https://engagemb.ca/immigration-advisory-council-immigration-programs-in-mb. The deadline for feedback is Sept. 30.