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Originally posted by metaldemon2000
Canada looks to speed entry of skilled foreign workers
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Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said the government will modify its Federal Skilled Worker Program,which has been skewed towards professionals,to try to attract trades people and other skilled workers that are in short supply in Canada during the current commodities boom. The new system will also increase the role of employers in the immigration system, allowing them to fill vital jobs faster
IT Professionals? If so I am soooooooooooo there!
There’s no shortage of people looking for work. Some 1.4 million Canadians are unemployed, the jobless rate is still above pre-recession levels and youth unemployment is nearly 14 per cent. Despite this, employers across the country say they can’t find the right workers for all kinds of available jobs.
Groups with high jobless rates such as aboriginal people, recent immigrants and those with disabilities are struggling to land good jobs, limiting their ability to climb the economic ladder.
Structural shifts in the labour market mean “workers in declining industries may not have the skills or experience to match immediately the needs of employers in expanding industries,” Mr. Carney said in a speech last week. Unemployment is high, even as the number of job vacancies continues to rise, he noted. Indeed, as of December there were 222,000 vacancies across the country, according to Statistics Canada. The Bank of Canada’s business outlook survey, released Monday, showed a slew of employers are struggling to fill positions. The survey showed 27 per cent of firms reported a labour shortage this spring, near a three-year high, though below levels seen last decade.
“It is tough to get these professional truck drivers to move from Woodstock, Ontario, to Dawson Creek or Grande Prairie or Fort McMurray where we need drivers and they are paid considerably higher than what they were making in Southern Ontario.”
Recent grads can’t get jobs. People can’t afford to retire. Unemployment is up (again) and the latest jobless figures are bleak. ...
Low-skilled but high-paying jobs have moved offshore, leaving either low-paying jobs, or professional jobs that require specific technical skills with too few people to fill them. ...
“About 7 out of 10 jobs require post-secondary education,” he said. The focus needs to be on getting marginalized populations like people with disabilities, Aboriginal populations and disenfranchised young men into post-secondary education.