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Immigrants are a key resource for building and strengthening Canada, particularly in light of our aging population, our declining birth rate and the global competition for talent.
Canada brings in roughly 250,000 immigrants per year. This figure is comprised of economic immigrants and their families, family class immigrants and refugees. Of these, the largest group are economic immigrants. This includes individuals selected through the skilled worker and provincial nominee programs. Immigrants in this category are highly skilled and educated and are best equipped to meet the needs of our evolving economy.
Nevertheless, these skilled immigrants often face obstacles in finding employment in their field of expertise. Only four out of ten skilled immigrants are able to find employment that is commensurate to their education and experience.
Skilled immigrants may face the following barriers when trying to enter the labour force:
Research has shown that employers may have the following reasons for not hiring skilled immigrants:
Why should employers care about hiring skilled immigrants at all?
For starters, consider these four important reasons:
By identifying future skill requirements and planning for the new face of work, employers will be better able to source, screen, select, and invest in the skilled immigrants who will make up the labour shortfall.