Steveston MLA John Yap to chair immigration task force
Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap has been appointed chair of a new task force aimed at reviewing key government programs and increasing the number of skilled immigrants and investors into the province.
Joining Yap on the B.C. Immigration Task Force are fellow Richmond residents Tung Chan, former CEO of SUCCESS, and Sukhi Badh, a college instructor, as well as Penticton’s Stockwell Day and Vancouver’s Grace Wong.
“The goal of the task force is to assess all of the immigration programs currently available to B.C., address their effectiveness and recommend ways to improve the current system so that British Columbia can successfully attract more skilled workers every year,” Premier Christy Clark said.
Yap said the task force’s creation is the first step in making the immigration system more efficient and effective.
“We know that people from all over the world with diverse skill sets and talents want to come to our province, and we want to do everything we can to bring them here so they can make British Columbia their new home,” he said.
The task force’s work will begin immediately with a final public report presented to the premier by March 31, 2012.
Other members of the task force, comprising business and community leaders, are: North Vancouver’s Yuen Pau Woo, CEO of Asia Pacific Foundation, Prince George’s Tim McEwan, CEO of Initiatives Prince George, New Westminster’s Michael Hwang, principal lawyer of Hwang and Company, and Vancouver’s Narindarpal Singh Kang, founder of Kang and Company Law Firm.