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English as we all know is the language of global business communication. But it can also be very helpful If you are interested in immigrating to Canada. The following article describes the changes in Canada’s immigration policy.

“The points system used to decide who can immigrate to Canada is getting a makeover.

The new judging criteria for the federal skilled worker program will award more points to younger immigrants and changes the way the government looks at work experience and education.
The way points are allocated for language ability will also change. . . Immigration Minister Jason Kenney unveiled the new system on Wednesday . . .

‘For too long, too many immigrants to Canada have experienced underemployment and unemployment, and this has been detrimental to these newcomers and to the Canadian economy,’ Kenney said.

‘Our transformational changes to the (skilled worker program) will help ensure that skilled newcomers are able to contribute their skills fully to the economy as soon as possible. This is good for newcomers, good for the economy, and good for all Canadians.’ . . .

The points system sees would-be immigrants graded on a scale of 100, with points awarded for language ability, age, education, work experience and adaptability to Canada.

The pass mark is 67 and that won’t change under the new system.

What is being amended is the way the points are allocated and also how language and education credentials are assessed.

For example, the maximum number of points awarded under the age category was 10 and that was given to anyone between the ages of 21 to 49.
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Under the new system, the maximum number of points awarded for age is 12, with 18 to 35 year olds eligible under that category.

When it comes to language, the new system mandates a minimum level of language proficiency and adjusts the number of points allocated accordingly to favour those with a strong command of either English or French.

But being bilingual will have less weight, with the ability to speak a second official language given fewer points. . . .

Applicants will also have to pass a language proficiency test. . .”

Check your understanding

A. What do these words mean? Match the word with its definition.

1. makeover
2. criteria
3. award
4. allocate
5. detrimental
6. skilled
7. adaptability
8. amend
9. mandates
10. weight

a. to distribute according to a plan
b. competent
c. to change for the better
d. flexibility
e. a complete change
f. importance
g. to grant
h. to instruct
i. a standard or rule
j. harmful

B. Which of the following statements are true according to the article?
1. The new point system gives points for five different criteria.
2. Canada’s new immigration policy stresses the importance of being bilingual.
3. The new system will give more points than previously for knowledge of either English or French.
4. Canada will now favour older workers over younger workers.

Answers.
A
1. e, 2. i, 3. g., 4. a., 5. j., 6. b., 7. d., 8. c., 9. h, 10. f
B
True: 1, 3

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