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Posted on October 18 2022

Survey says 80% of employers fill job vacancies in Canada with immigrants

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Updated July 25 2023

Highlights of the survey that say 80% of Canadian employers depend on immigrants

  • A survey showed that 80% of Canadian employers were depending on immigrants to fill job vacancies in Canada.
  • Most of the skill shortages are seen in the sectors of IT, computer science, and engineering.
  • Employers are ready to recruit immigrants at the earliest to avoid losses from delayed or canceled projects.
  • In the coming three years recruitment of immigrants to job roles will be on the high.

There has never been a better time to understand the significance of immigrants in Canada. Immigration is increasingly becoming the most chosen way to fill job vacancies in Canada.

A survey was recently conducted in Canada in which the most striking finding came out that 80% of surveyed Canadian employers chose immigration to find skilled workers. There are several benefits that they get from adopting this method of finding skilled workers to fill job openings.

As about two-thirds of the companies recruit their skilled workers through Canada immigration they get to meet various needs of the business. They also enable the growth of their enterprise and increase the diversification of their workforces.

What motivates companies to go for immigrants?

By accessing immigrants, Canadian companies are saving themselves from the losses of keeping job positions vacant for a long time. Recruiting skilled workers from abroad sooner will also save them the chances of losing projects or delays in the existing ones.

As the report states, employee shortages are highest in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia. The industrial sectors that are facing the highest number of worker shortages include IT, computer science, and engineering.

Currently, the lack of sufficient employees to work in a range of job roles is pushing 67% of Canadian employers to face delayed or canceled projects. Also, 60% of Canadian employers fear that they may incur losses in revenue. To resolve the situation, 30% of these employers are mulling relocation of their work outside Canada. A quarter of these employers have worries about risking the loss of their market share owing to a lack of skilled workers.

Canada immigration is currently proving to be the best way to find the most skilled and qualified workers to join the workforce in Canada in various industries.

How are companies recruiting immigrants?

The companies that participated in the survey collectively employ over 1.6 million Canadians in 20 industries. In 2020, they have generated revenues of close to CAD1.2 trillion.

Of the employers who participated in the survey 65% resorted to hiring immigrants to Canada on a yearly basis. Among the companies in Canada that are using Canada immigration to recruit employees, 63% is expected to increase the use of immigrants in the 3 years to come. Nearly all of these employers expect a 25% increase in such recruitment.

Another interesting fact about the survey results is that close to half the respondents in the survey hired international students. They found these international students from post-secondary institutions in Canada.

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Other key observations

  • From the current rate of immigration, Canada is expected to go beyond its own immigration targets by 4.5% for 2022 and the next two years.
  • In the first 7 months of 2022, 274,980 newcomers arrived in Canada. With this rate of immigration happening in Canada, the country could well reach 471,394 newcomers as opposed to the target of 431,645 immigrants.
  • As the working-age population in Canada is currently falling in the age range of 55 to 64 years. They will in other words constitute 21.8% of the Canadian population.
  • Canadian employers wanting to recruit a foreign national can get international workers through immigration programs like the TFWP (Temporary Foreign Worker Program), and the IMP (International Mobility Program).

If you are willing to migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the UAE.

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