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The Ministry’s role is to identify the needs of our present and future economies so we can focus the energies and expertise of our training partners to deliver high quality post-secondary education and skills training. As well, the Ministry will help attract immigrants, temporary foreign workers and international students to live, study and work in B.C., which will help us to meet current and future workforce needs. The Ministry will support new immigrants to successfully settle and integrate intoAnd Chong goes on:
welcoming and inclusive communities, supporting multiculturalism in our diverse society. We will also continue to help expand regional economies by increasing regional economic development by diversifying economies, and helping B.C.’s communities respond to the social, economic and environmental effects that can impact their future success.
The Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development 2011/12 – 2013/14 Service Plan was prepared under my direction in accordance with the Budget Transparency and Accountability Act. I am accountable for the basis on which the plan has been prepared and for achieving the specific objectives in that plan.Snip
Honourable Ida Chong, FCGA
Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development
Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism
February 3, 2011
Immigrants and newcomers are critical to the economic and social prosperity of our province. The Ministry actively attracts and recruits immigrants and temporary foreign workers with in-demand skills and entrepreneurial potential. The Ministry supports new immigrants once they arrive through English as a Second Language training, skills upgrading, qualifications recognition and settlement assistance programs. Source: Page 6 of http://www.aspect.bc.ca/userfiles/file/publicfiles/resd.pdfPage 20
Immigration is critical to sustaining B.C.’s population and economic growth. From now until 2019, immigrants are needed to fill one third of 1.126 million job openings in B.C..
Immigrants and newcomers do more than increase workforce numbers, they add to community renewal and innovation by contributing their ideas and energy to the social, civic and cultural fabric of the province’s communities and workplaces.
WelcomeBC, (FREE ENGLISH CLASSES)
supportedcut by Harper, the Canada-BC Immigration Agreement, brings together provincial policies, programs and services needed to attract, select and ultimately integrate immigrants and newcomers to B.C.. Integration is a two-way process: it involves commitment on the part of immigrants and newcomers to adapt to life in British Columbia, and on the part of British Columbians to welcome and adapt to new people and cultures.
With responsibility for multiculturalism, the Ministry, through EmbraceBC, inspires all community members, residents and sector leaders to welcome, accept and embrace difference, on both personal and institutional levels. The Ministry’s leadership towards inclusiveness and cultural diversity makes British Columbia a desirable place to live and a premier destination for new immigrants.
The province welcomes over 40,000 immigrants per year from 182 countries speaking 150 languages, one-third of whom are children and youth. Two-thirds come from the Asia Pacific Region. In addition, each year B.C. is a destination of choice for 120,000 temporary workers and international students.
By supporting immigrants and newcomers’ successful settlement and integration into communities, B.C. increases the economic, social and cultural contribution of immigrants and secures our reputation as an attractive and welcoming destination for all.
At any given point on the immigration pathway – from pre-arrival to full integration – WelcomeBC’s policies, programs and services touches all aspects of an immigrant’s life: education, literacy, health, justice, employment and all social services.