At least a quarter-million jobs at small- and medium-sized companies across Canada are vacant due to a shortage of qualified workers. Given that small- and medium-sized business accounts for more than half of GDP in this country, this is a serious economic issue.

The skill shortages will likely emerge in specific industry, occupations, and locations in coming decades, depending on a wide variety of economic, demographic and workplace-specific factors. One of these factors is the ageing of the Canadian populations.

As the Canadian labor force ages, employers and policy-makers will have to become much more age-oriented in their decision-making. Good planning will be needed to prevent skill shortages and to overcome them, when they emerge.

Every year, employers hire foreign workers to work temporarily in Canada. Some employers also support the immigration of skilled workers to Canada by offering indeterminate employment in their company. These workers can fill skill and labor shortages in Canada, as well as bring new skills and knowledge to help our country’s economy grow.

Under the proposed changes, temporary foreign workers would need to demonstrate the following minimum requirements:

a) temporary resident status in Canada at the time of their application;

b) two years of skilled, professional or technical work experience;

c) moderate or basic language skills, depending on occupational skill level.

Upon meeting the above, the foreign worker will be eligible to apply for Permanent Immigration within Canada. If you are already in Canada or wish to come to Canada to work, we may be able to assist in obtaining Service Canada approvals known as “ Labour Market Confirmations” and “Arranged Employment Opinion.

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