The small business owners in Canada are struggling to find suitable candidates to fill their vacancies, especially those which demand low-skilled labourers, observes a recent report released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). As a solution to this crisis, small business owners are demanding necessary changes to the Canada immigration system, according to the report.
In the report, the small business owners of Canada point out the mismatch of jobs they need to fill and the skill level of foreign workers who come to the country through Canada Immigration system as the major reason for the labour crisis they face. For them, it is especially difficult to fill the jobs that demand education qualification of a college diploma or apprenticeship for the candidates. It is equally difficult to find a suitable candidate for job vacancies that require a high school diploma or on the job training. But the minimum education qualification of majority of immigrant workers who come to Canada through the country’s immigration system is a university degree. So the small business owners want the Canada immigration authorities to ensure that the skills of new immigrants match with the skill levels needed by employers of all sizes including skilled traded, lower skilled and entry level occupations.
Further, the small business owners also find it tough to bring in foreign workers and retain them. So they demand more options for low-skilled labourers and temporary workers to migrate to Canada and end the complex processes involved in recruiting foreign workers.
Another solution put forward by the CFIB report for the labour shortage being faced by the small business owners of Canada is an Introduction to Canada Visa. Under the proposed system, foreign labourers are initially offered a working visa for a high-demand sector or region for two years. After this time period, they may apply for permanent residence. The CFIB report also recommends to make all economic immigration categories accessible to workers at all skill levels, including trades and semi-skilled occupational categories.
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