Tim Hudak tries to woo new Canadians

By: The Canadian Press

 | May 20, 2014 - 10:45 AM |
TORONTO - Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is trying to win the votes of new Canadians in next month's election with a promise to give skilled immigrants an accelerated path to living and working in Ontario.

Hudak says he's referring to the provincial nominee program, which he says has been "dramatically underutilized" under the Liberal government.

Through the program, Ontario can nominate individuals and their families for permanent resident status based on a pre-approved job offer in the province.

Hudak hasn't said specifically what he'd do to make better use of the program, but says he wants to make sure Ontario attracts skilled immigrants who are currently flocking to jobs in the western provinces and the U.S.

He also says a PC government would break down barriers immigrants face in getting their international credentials recognized in Ontario.

He says the Tories see immigration as a "major driver" of Ontario's economy.

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