The Canadian-born workforce is shrinking and the demand for labour is growing. Skilled immigrants fill that need and help Canadian companies do business with the world. They boost innovation and reflect the markets in which Canadian organizations operate.
As Europe’s refugee crisis continues to evolve, offers of assistance have been complemented by a broad-based response from the business community, writes migration expert Khalid Koser. This mobilization highlights not only the role that the private sector can play in managing migration, but also the importance of extending this engagement beyond the response to the immediate crisis.
Canada is increasingly moving towards a high-skilled, knowledge economy yet not enough Canadians are graduating from programs to meet employers’ needs. At the same time baby boomers are aging and Canada’s population growth increasingly comes from immigration.
Canadian companies must respond to worldwide demands and source international talent who have knowledge of global markets. And as immigration to Canada increases, skilled immigrants also reflect local markets.
Skilled immigrants possess talents and accreditation in a variety of fields, as well as a global perspective. When employed in a Canadian organization, these attributes will help boost innovation.