March 14, 2013
Immigration a Relief to Canada’s Labour Needs
Having admitted over a quarter of a million immigrants into Canada in 2012, Canada’s immigrations rates are among the highest in any country, stated Minister Jason Kenney. This record number is a source of relief to Canada’s increased labour shortage, due, in part, to the retirement of the baby boomer generation and the mass volume of upcoming development projects.
Particularly acute are the shortages in the construction field, where the Construction Sector Councils expects a need of an extra 319,000 workers by 2020. This accounts for 100,000 to meet increased demand and 219,000 of expected retirees.
A report from the Conference Board of Canada predicts that over the next 25 years in the resource industry, investments in oil sands will create a demand for 880,000 persons in construction labour, a demand that growing immigrations admissions will help to ease.
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