Does Canada really have a skilled labour shortage?
Yes. Canada creates thousands new jobs monthly, but lacks people to fill them. A 2014 report by Miner Management Consultants estimates a labour force shortage of close to 2 million workers in Canada by 2031. It is also important to note that many positions continue to sit vacant today in semi- or lower-skilled occupational job categories in which Canadians are not lining up to work.
It must be remembered that the official unemployment rate of 7.3 per cent only tells part of the labour story. The other part shows that the current job vacancy rate is 2.5 per cent, representing some 316,000 open full-time, part-time and temporary positions.
Why Canada facing this challenge?
I. Baby Boomer Retirements
II. Aging Population
III. Low Birth Rate
IV. Higher And Higher Levels Of Education (it seems odd, but it’s a fact)
Due to baby Boomer retirements, low birth rate and an aging population, Canadian companies are facing a serious skilled labour shortage. The older average age of many tradespeople and their stated intention to retire suggest that if efforts are not made to train the next generation of skilled workers, Canada’s future economic competitiveness will be in serious jeopardy.
We also have the other phenomenon of our system pushing young people to achieve higher and higher levels of education, only to find they cannot find related employment despite their mountains of debt. While teaching is a noble profession, we continue to stream (and fund) thousands of young people into university education programs despite grim job prospects.
Skilled immigrants are the only solution to Canada’s labour shortages.
Canada has benefited from immigration in many ways over the years, ranging from the populating of the West in the early part of the century to the arrival of new human capital and the enrichment of our society through diversity in more recent decades. As well, we have been able to meet humanitarian goals by accepting refugees fleeing persecution.
If we're not going to take these jobs or encourage our kids to consider these jobs (but we still want these businesses in Canada), then we're best to allow some folks from elsewhere to come and take them.
Canada Shelter, Helping Both Sides
Canada Shelter wishes to assist the individuals willing to come to Canada from least developed countries. We want to stop them from wasting hard earned money for unbelievable offers claiming guaranteed work permits, free scholarships and High-paying jobs in Canada.
We are struggling to address the unemployment issue by connecting foreign workers and the Canadian businesses. Indirectly we are helping Canadian companies to invite the skilled individuals to meet the talent shortages in Canada.