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Citizenship and Immigration Canada encourages newcomers to enroll in language training programs

Language proficiency is the most vital component of newcomer's successful integration into the Canadian society. Studies release by Maytree Foundation concluded in their findings that language ability has been identified as the single most important predictor of successful labour market integration. Maytree Foundation studies policy issues with respect to immigration, diversity, integration.

The issue of language is not only applicable to new immigrants that are looking for a job but also their overall professional success. There are language proficiency requirements for many immigration programs in order to obtain status in Canada but newcomers with ability to converse might not be able to communicate at levels required by the Canadian labour force.

New immigrants should invest in language and employment training which will help obtain higher earnings in the labour market.

Canadian government has set forth this recommendation by funding official language training services across the country. The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) programs provide free courses for permanent residents interested in advancing their language skills. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recently allocated $9.5 million dollars to organizations offering language training to newcomers in Calgary, Alberta. The Federal government also provides job-specific language training through specific programs.


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