As mayor of the most ethnically-diverse city in Canada, Frank Scarpitti is heartened by next year’s federal immigration targets.
“I am encouraged to hear that the vast majority of immigrants will be from the economic class,” he said, in a news release. “People coming to Canada, coming to Markham, are highly educated and highly skilled. We view our diversity as an absolute strength, new Canadians have created economic prosperity.
“We believe in matching newcomers skills to jobs and we know employers are looking for a diverse and talented workforce. From a city point of view, that positions us well, as we are Canada’s high-tech capital.”
The municipality is home to more than 1,000 high-tech and life-sciences companies along with 400 multi-national business headquarters.