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The federal government will begin holding consultations across the country next week to determine which skilled immigrant workers it should fast track under a new law that gives officials the power to speed up certain applications.
Consultations will look at where Canada is experiencing its labour shortages, what skills are needed to fill the gaps and what barriers exist to foreign credential accreditation.
Just over two weeks ago, Parliament approved legislation that allows the immigration minister to decide which applications should be fast-tracked, and which should be rejected, based on the need to fill labour shortages.
The government says the law will help stop a backlog of 900,000 applications from growing any larger and will allow quick entry for those with skills in demand.
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