Poor English language skills can affect those seeking jobs in Canada: CG

Admitting that his country badly needed skilled workers like plumbers,electricians and auto mechanics,the Canadian Consul General in Chandigarh,Scot Slessor,however,warned that poor English language skills was affecting the chances of job aspirants from Punjab.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh | Published:January 6, 2012 1:05 am

Admitting that his country badly needed skilled workers like plumbers,electricians and auto mechanics,the Canadian Consul General in Chandigarh,Scot Slessor,however,warned that poor English language skills was affecting the chances of job aspirants from Punjab.

“The major problem is that people who migrate from here to Canada cannot speak fluent English,thus while communicating there they have problems with the locals. For example god forbid if any accident takes place then they will not be able to communicate properly with the police. So before applying to Canada they need proper English classes to ensure they are well versed and do not face any problem there. It will only help them with finding jobs,’’ Slessor told The Indian Express,on the sidelines of the ninth Punjabi Divas on Thursday.

“ There is lot demand for plumbers,electricians,auto mechanics,truck drivers and other professionals in Canada as there we short of such people and here there a good plumbers and other professionals,’’ he added.

The Consul General also said that his country had eased visa restrictions for parents and grandparents of those who reside in Canada. “About a month ago,Canadian authorities have started a super visa category for grandparents and parents,who can apply in this category and visit their children there. The visa duration is for ten years and at one go they can stay for two years. This has been done as there was big backlog of immigration family cases where the children want their parents to migrate to Canada and take care of their small children,as both parents are working and it is difficult to handle the children,’’ he said.

“With his super visa,grandparents can visit and take care of their grandchildren. In just a month we have got little less than thousand applications,’’ said Slessor.

He said that around 40,000 to 50,000 apply for tourist and short duration stay visas from here. Also the number of student visas applied from here is highest in the country.

“ We request Canadian citizens who are staying here to register themselves with the consulate so that if there is any problem we can track and assist them,” he added.

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