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York U expert available to comment on proposed Ontario Immigration Act

TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2014 – The Ontario government will introduce legislation today that aims to strengthen the province’s role in attracting more skilled immigrants to help meet the province’s future labour needs and support economic growth. If passed, the proposed Ontario Immigration Act would allow the province to work more closely with the federal government on the selection and admission of skilled immigrants, with the aim of increasing Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program allocation from 1.300 to 5,000.

Valerie Preston, professor of Geography in York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, is available for comment on today’s announcement. Dr. Preston specializes in immigration and Canadian cities, local labour markets, as well as transnationalism and citizenship.

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Media Contact: Tabassum Siddiqui, Media Relations, York University, 416 736 2100 ext. 44543, tsiddiq@yorku.ca

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