Canada is a country based on a specialized labour market. From the national report on Labour and skills shortages in Canada by Human Resources, Skills and Social Development here are some quotes that highlighting the importance of immigration to our national identity, and economic growth:
Perrin Beatty, P.C. Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada must be more aggressive in its immigration efforts. We must move now. We are in competition with many other countries in order to attract the most talented people in the world. We have very little time to deal with labour shortages and the lack of skilled workers.
Namir Anani, Information and Communications Technology Council, We estimate that by 2016 approximately 106,000 ICT jobs will need to be filled in Canada, with demand for critical jobs far exceeding the supply. This figure will be further compounded if we account for new and emerging ICT sectors.
Jason Kee, Entertainment Software Association of Canada, There is a critical shortage of available talent at the intermediate, senior, and expert levels across all disciplines, including programmers, game designers, digital artists, and animators. Game development is a highly knowledge intensive, fast paced, and team oriented industry. The hiring, training, and supporting of recent graduates and junior employees is entirely dependent on the presence of a solid and experienced core team of senior personnel.
Mathew Wilson, Canadian Manufactures and Exporters, Too often, applicants for available jobs do not have the necessary skill requirements, meaning jobs go unfilled, projects are not started, and Canada’s economy suffers. As major projects continue to be developed, the need for skilled and unskilled workers will only intensify in those sectors as well as in related sectors in manufacturing and exporting.
Alain Beaudoin, Industry Canada, As I mentioned, we think we need to do more work and to work with various partners to have a better sense of what the supply and demand dynamics are, moving forward. We feel that we don’t have sufficient data to allow us to identify, specifically, where the needs are.
Robert Henderson, BioTalent Canada, Through commissioning our own research, we have conducted the only national studies in Canada that are exclusive to human resource issues in biotechnology. Research also indicated that 34.4% of the companies were currently facing skills shortages, and 32.5% had active vacant positions to fill.
Grant Trump, Environmental Careers Organization of Canada, One third of all environmental workers today are over the age of 45. About 4% of environmental workers are already beyond retirement age. Some 14% environmental workers will reach retirement age in the next 10 years, creating 100,000 vacancies. We have predicted that this year there will be 40,000 new environmental jobs in Canada.
According to the Electricity Sector Council, “Canada’s electricity and renewable energy industry will be recruiting over 45,000 new employees between 2011 and 2016. This is almost half of the starting workforce and more than twice the number recruited in the last five years.” Electricity Sector Council, Power in Motion, 2011 Labour Market Information (LMI) Study, p. 2, brief presented to the Committee, May 17, 2012
Marie Carter, Engineers Canada, Many of our engineering labour markets are characterized at the moment by a surplus of recent graduates with little or no experience but a shortage of people with five to ten years of experience. Those people who have specialized, practical experience are in quite short supply right now in Canada.
Rachel Bard, Canadian Nurses Association, Current research puts Canada’s shortage of registered nurses at approximately 11,000 full time equivalents. Left unaddressed, that shortage is projected to reach 60,000 full time equivalent RNs by 2022, a reality that stands to risk future health outcomes.
Canada will welcome between 280,000 and 320,000 (target 300,000) new permanent residents in 2017.
The majority of these newcomers will settle in major cities across Canada including:
Atlantic Canada: St. John’s, Moncton, Saint John, Halifax
Quebec: Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrook, Saguenay, Trois-Rivières
Ontario: Toronto, Ottawa–Gatineau, Hamilton, Kingston, Oshawa, Kitchener–Waterloo–Cambridge, London, St. Catharines–Niagara, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Sudbury
Western Canada: Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Abbotsford–Mission
For Skilled workers, Skilled trades and Canadian Experience class the process of immigration is generally realized via the Express Entry system.
I work with Skilled professionals and create an Express entry profile, register to the Job Bank, and start to look for opportunities to increase points and the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence.