Canada welcomes approximately 260,000 immigrants annually.
In Manitoba, scientists and engineers make up over 60% of the professionals that immigrate to this province. In Manitoba, approximately 150 new immigrants per year identify their professional background as engineering and this number is increasing.
In Canada, immigrants made up 70% of labour force growth in the 1990s and are expected to make up 100% of labour force growth by 2011.
With engineering shortages pending in the next decade, integration of immigrant professionals is an important part of the renewal strategy. Credentials recognition and professional integration are priorities for immigrants, governments, and professions alike.