For starters, consider these four important reasons:
1. The Canadian-born workforce is shrinking and the demand for labour is growing.
- Baby boomers are retiring, the birth rate is dropping, and the Canadian economy is booming. That adds up to not enough people to do the work.
2. Skilled immigrants can help Canadian companies do business in the global economy.
- As Canadians do more trade throughout the world, our ability to communicate, understand cultural trends and undertake business dealings requires increased awareness and skills. A diverse workforce enables businesses to conduct world trade with ease.
3. Skilled immigrants bring international expertise.
- In 2002, 46% (81,986) of all immigrants to Canada had at least one post-secondary degree, while the Canadian average was 22%. Skilled immigrants may possess talents or accreditation in a variety of fields. Employers will benefit from understanding their employees’ international credentials and conducting workforce planning that emphasizes the quality of an immigrant’s abilities.
4. Skilled immigrants understand changing ethno-cultural needs.
- In 2005, the Greater Vancouver Regional District had an estimated population of over 2,000,000, with approximately 34,750 new immigrants settling in the Vancouver area. They are typically ESL trained, well educated, between the ages of 24 and 45, and want to work as soon as possible. As employees, immigrants offer ties to local communities who are your customers, understanding ethno-cultural needs for products and services.