Advocacy and Public Policy

BC Immigration Task Force
By Thomas, Tam ( March 16, 2012)

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. understands that the economic and social integration of new immigrants cannot be an isolated issue. The current challenge in maximizing the return on immigration is the great divide between settlement service support programs for newcomers, and the labour market, self-employment and the business and economic development side.
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CIC’s Proposed Change to improve the Citizenship Program
By Thomas, Tam ( November 10, 2011)

Proficiency in one or both of the official languages of Canada is a critical success factor for newcomers and members of our multicultural communities. A common language promotes common values, unity, national identity, and nationhood. Nevertheless, the language exemption of immigrant seniors of 55+ is a demonstration of the generous inclusiveness of Canada’s citizenship requirement and a great understanding of the difficulty of learning a new language for certain segments of people in this country. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. would like the exemption be extended to immigrant adults with learning disabilities, speaking impairments, and mental health challenges.

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Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA), The House of Commons, Parliament of Canada
By Thomas, Tam (October 25, 2011)

To shorten the Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Process is a complex and enormous process. It takes the cooperative, coordinated and willing efforts of the federal government, the provincial governments, the many industry sector councils, professional regulatory bodies, immigrant services agencies and employers to make this a positive change in society. The four systematic challenges for Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) are: lack of Canadian work experience; lack of Canadian cultural exposure; lack of language proficiency (English and/or French); and lack of Canadian networks (FCR, business, social). S.U.C.C.E.S.S. proposed a six-point strategy for an effective FCR process.

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Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, The House of Commons, Parliament of Canada
By Thomas, Tam (October 25, 2011)

The focus of the submission is on how to deal with the application backlogs cumulated from over the previous years. This takes: 1) effective administrative measures; 2) flexibility, efficiency, and adequate deployment of CIC resources to process the applications; 3) fairness and transparency of the process to all applicants; and 4) outcome evidence that progress is being made to regain control of the “uphill battle” – reducing backlogs and decreasing wait time – and that Canada is indeed getting the immigrants it wants, in types and numbers, according to its immigration policy in a timely manner. This is a tall order; the backlogs will take time, discipline and policy sensitivity to reduce.

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BC Metropolis Conference on Business-Economic Development and Immigration
By Thomas, Tam (March 23-26, 2011)

The increasing in-flow of new immigrants from Asia and the persistent high rates of unemployment and under-employment for decades among immigrant groups speaks volume to the fact that the Canadian social and economic systems are not functioning as well as it can be in terms of integrating newcomers and their families, creating and matching jobs to the talents of immigrants, providing opportunities for immigrant entrepreneurship, and attracting overseas investment and facilitating local economic development.

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House of Common’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration
By Thomas, Tam (December 3, 2009)

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. presented recommendations to the CIC Committee on a national policy framework, English language training for immigrants, regional immigration, foreign workers and international students, pre-landing services, and employment, self-employment and business start-up support.

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