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Canada’s need for skilled labour continues to grow

Canada’s labour shortage is still a hot topic. Just last year their president, Justin Trudeau, and his government started addressing the problem by increasing Canada’s migrant intake to 310 000 migrants a year. But it seems Canadian business owners and recruiters feel this might not even be enough to address issues with skills and labour shortages faced by the country. In fact, the situation might be worsening – creating ample opportunities for immigrants considering applying for a Canadian visa or residency.

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According to a new study by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, who have been a vocal proponent of immigration’s role in helping solve Canada’s labour shortage, the greatest skills shortages were reported in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario and mostly in construction, transportation, personal services and natural resources.  There has been no better time for would-be migrants to get the ball rolling on their Canadian immigration plans!

A record 47 per cent of small Canadian businesses report that they are experiencing a shortage of skilled labour, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s monthly survey has found.

The findings in the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)’s October 2018 Business Barometer survey included the feedback of 655 federation members.  The survey showed a roughly 10 per cent increase from survey results for January 2018 and a 20 per cent increase from its January 2016 results.

The CFIB said the shortage is forcing many employers to limit their hiring plans and “putting pressure on their ability to grow,” a situation which could be successfully addressed through the intake of migrant workers.

To address their problem Quebec acted proactively taking a steps that would relieve labour shortage problems - especially outside the Montreal metropolitan area. Among these changes was the adoption of a new Expression of Interest system for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program that the government says will facilitate the selection of workers with skills that meet shortages in the province’s regions.


Ontario also recently revised the minimum score requirement for its Human Capital Priorities Stream in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).  Normally an applicant would require a CRS of at least 400, but Ontario will now leave the score requirement to the discretion of the director in charge of the province’s immigrant nominee program.

The director will consider factors such as labour market needs and the province’s economic priorities when deciding on the minimum score. The most recent invitation round through the Human Capital Priorities Stream saw the score reduced to 350 for Express Entry candidates with a job offer in Ontario.


Source: Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada

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