Canada’s immigration system can be improved without a major overhaul if program overlaps can be reduced, with Ottawa focusing on long-term labour market objectives and letting the provinces and the business-driven temporary worker program address short-term needs, says anew report.

All three main programs to immigrate to Canada are currently designed to meet immediate labour needs and end up overlapping, says the special report released Tuesday by TD Economics.

The report comes at a time when the face of Canadian immigration is changing, a reality expected to be highlighted when figures for the 2011 census are released this week.

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Reference: The Globe and Mail