Economic Matching a Must for Immigrants to Canada

Foreign-born workers often lack the necessary information to learn about opportunities in the Canadian labour market, which can prevent highly-skilled workers from finding employment in their field. This has a causal effect, both on the detrimental side, for the Canadian economy as well as those in Canada to earn a living for a better tomorrow.

The Government of Canada is going to put in a highly proactive system that will look for an economic match between the unfilled jobs in the country and the qualifications of skilled immigrants. The idea is to create a system that is supple to the changing job vacancy, the type as well as the number. Actually, the Government is looking at reducing the processing time and cut it down to about 6 months. However, the wait for six months is also long given the urgency with which certain positions requiring skilled employees are required to be filled up. In countries like Australia the processing time could be two months or less.

There are a number of identifiable reasons that have brought about this initiative:

• Canada’s population that is aged 15 to 64 is forecast to shrink significantly shrink over the next two decades and natural resource industries are expected to grow rapidly.

• Employers of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), have found that conventional methods of recruiting talent, including public advertising and informal referrals from contacts, often fail to connect the immigrants to the country.

• There has been a shift in the source countries from where there has been an influx of skilled immigrants. The shift has been from the European countries and the UK to Asian countries like India and China. This would also mean that the mode of communication and instruction assumes great importance.

Having seen the above the following best practices can be identified that will assist skilled immigrants to readily find themselves living life with Canadian experience:
• Establishment of a national effort to more effectively provide information to probable immigrants about the steps necessary to work in skilled and regulated occupations;

• Maximize the number of single-points-of-contact in Canada for services directed towards employers and immigrants;

• Provide pre-departure orientation and training to immigrants on local labour market information and the legal requirements;

• Emphasize the requirement of English and French language skills;

• Involve employers and local stakeholders in the delivery of service, and

• Maintain flexibility in policy regards to immigration composition by devolving some responsibility to provincial governments and allowing demand-based levels of entry instead of
inflexible targets.

The new system is then expected to function, beginning year 2015, in two stages. A detailed questionnaire has to be answered by prospective immigrants after they have expressed their interest to live and work in Canada and in the second stage a match will be made with the labour requirements in the provinces and the skill set that the applicants possess.