Hon. Ellen L. Fairclough (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):
The hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate requested an up to date copy of the occupational counselling guide prepared for the use of the immigration branch of my department. I have furnished him with a copy, and I should like to table the latest copy of this guide at this time. The hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate will recall that on an earlier occasion I tabled a copy of the guide in the house in response to a request made by him on June 25, 1958.
The occupational counselling guide is a monthly report compiled by immigration officers throughout Canada, providing factual information as to employment conditions in different parts of the country. As its name implies, it is used to advise prospective immigrants with various kinds of occupational skills and to assist them in deciding where to settle. The guide does not purport to list specific employment opportunities in the various localities but indicates simply that on the basis of the assessment made by experienced immigration officers in the areas concerned an immigrant with a particular occupation will be better able to settle in one locality than in another, and that even though there may not be an immediate opening in a given area for his specific occupation, the prospects there are generally good for his eventual settlement.
The occupational guide is compiled on a monthly basis and contains for each locality and each occupational classification one of three designations, the letter "G" indicating good prospects for establishment in a particular occupation in a particular area; the letter "L" indicating limited prospects for establishment of immigrants with a particular occupation in a particular area, and a blank space indicating little or no prospects.
I should perhaps add that while it is the immigration branch of my department which
is responsible for the preparation and compilation of the guide, the material which is supplied for this purpose by our field immigration officers is obtained from many sources, including employers. Information is also available from local offices of the national employment service. We are continuing our efforts by every appropriate means to coordinate the information supplied in this way to our officers overseas.
Subtopic: TABLING OF COPY OF OCCUPATIONAL COUNSELLING GUIDE