CEOs need skilled foreign workers to fill jobs

Canadian businesses desperately need more skilled workers

Despite a higher number of unemployed Canadians lately, companies are having a very hard time finding qualified employees to fill jobs – so much so that it is preventing businesses from growing and thriving – they need more skilled workers from outside of Canada.

Executives want the government to offer skills training and allow more skilled foreign workers into Canada to help solve the problems. Not all the jobs are in the western provinces, many businesses in the Maritime provinces and in Ontario are having problems.

According to a poll published by the Globe and Mail, Canadian businesses are finding it difficult to find workers. When asked how difficult it was for a company to find available and qualified employees, only six per cent of the CEOs said it was very easy while 43 per cent said somewhat difficult and 23 per cent said very difficult.

Skilled workers difficult to find within Canada for specific occupations

When asked if their company is looking outside of Canada more often to fill certain jobs, 28 per cent strongly agreed. The poll also discovered that technical, engineering and geology/mining jobs were the harder to fill.

The poll suggests Canada’s economic growth will be stunted because of fewer skilled workers, and companies need the Canadian government to help them find new employees via immigration reform.


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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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