Restrictions on Occupation Licensing deters Immigrant Income
Unavailability of Occupational licensing forces skilled Immigrants to compromise
Vancouver Sun blames restriction levied on Occupation License for hampering the integration of Immigrants in the economy of nation.
The gap in the income of Immigrants and native born has gone up to 40% which was half of this figure, till five decades back, although the number of immigrants with university degree has increased by more than 50% of what it was in 1980.
The possible reasons for gap in the income
A report published by Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network (CLSRN) informs that 20% of the labors work in an occupation that requires a license. It may take a decade to get such a license by an immigrant.
Due to the restrictions, only 20% of the female and 25% of the male immigrants continue with their pre-immigration skill. The others have to compromise on their job profile so that they can meet the survival needs.
The challenges Immigrants face
There are eminently qualified professionals and they are barred from practicing their own profession in the absence of “occupational license”.
The foreign credential are not approved and accepted by the Licensing bodies in Canada, forcing a professional to either wait for years or compromise on their choice.
The effect on nation’s economy
Barriers on Occupation license will hinder the effort of attracting new immigrants and will also prevent the existing ones to integrate in the society.
After all, new immigrants are the ones who will compensate for the aging population of the country. In the absence of such new comers, the economic productivity will take a back seat.
The need of softening
Nation’s future economic success will largely depend upon the kind of immigrants coming to the nation. If there is a requirement of exiled labors, there is also an urgent need of attracting skilled professionals who can contribute to various fields like Science, technology, Finances and others. These are sound reason for softening the licensing rules.
At present, only 15% of the population is over 65, but, in another two decades’ time this percentage will grow out to be at least 23. Hence there is an urgent need of inviting and attracting immigrants who can run the country successfully by making noteworthy contributions to the developmental act.