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Posted on July 14 2022

80% of Canadian employers seek better immigration to fill jobs in Canada

By Editor
Updated July 25 2023
  News highlights
  • Canadian employers voice the need for more immigrants to fill jobs in Canada.
  • The need to find skilled workers is a high priority now among most employers.
  • Tech industries are facing a high shortage of skilled labor and so are skilled trades.
  • Record immigration backlogs are creating a big issue for employers.
Canada has indeed been breaking new grounds and achieving a great deal of immigration success in numbers. But when it comes to filling jobs in Canada with foreign workers with the necessary skills and qualifications, there’s more to be done. Canadian employers are now urging the Canadian government to keep consistent progress in the influx of skilled immigrants so that labor shortages can be addressed. It was recently found that 80% of Canadian employers are struggling to find enough skilled workers to fill the jobs in Canada that they have vacant with them. In fact, provinces like Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec have the most shortages of skilled workers in Canada. Even every other province has employers reeling with labor shortages.

What does the Business Council say about this situation?

Last week, the Business Council urged the Canadian government to boost economic immigration in Canada. A major step to achieving this is to finish the Canada immigration application backlog. As of mid-June 2022, application backlogs hit a record high as per IRCC data. The Business Council gave a list of measures to follow that included:
  • Improving the Canada immigration system to make more qualified and skilled workers available
  • Increasing labor force participation among older people as well as other under-represented groups
  • Taking away barriers to labor mobility, such as differences between provinces in professional requirements for a given occupation
  • Enhancing Canada’s collective capacity and ability to recognize foreign credentials
Read more... Jobs outlook in Canada for 2022

Why immigration solutions are significant for jobs in Canada?

The Business Council is comprised of 170 members who are entrepreneurs and top executives. A survey was recently conducted participating them and 80 companies. The results of the survey revealed that many Canadian employers are frustrated about the Canada immigration system having issues like complex rules, processing delays, and high costs. Here are the points for solutions they stood in favor of:
  • Raising Canada immigration annual admission targets, especially for immigrants in the economic class
  • Greater investment in the domestic workforce as well as in housing, public transport, and childcare
These indicate that immigration is still the top source of employees for major industries in Canada. Improving the Canada immigration is a priority for this reason. Read more... Work in Canada – 4% increase in wages, rise in employment

Major pathways for immigrant workers

Canadian employers can hire foreign workers through immigration pathways like:
Temporary migration TFWP (Temporary Foreign Worker Program)
IMP (International Mobility Program)
Canada Express Entry FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program)
FSTP (Federal Skilled Trades Program)
CEC (Canadian Experience Class)
  If you are willing to work in Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the UAE. If you find this blog engaging, you may also like: Collaborations with 20 world destinations to foster remote work overseas


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