In one of his first public appearances since becoming the new Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander echoed the concerns of his predecessor when he lamented against looming labour shortages.
During a recent trip to Vancouver Alexander stopped to speak at an event hosted by the National Bank of Canada. Many of the approximately 100 guests reportedly showed up specifically to ask the new Minister about his view on immigration issues.
Alexander welcomed the input and the chance to build communication between his department and stakeholders in one of Canada’s most popular cities for newcomers.
“The reality is, Canada will not have enough people to satisfy the economic demand here,” said Alexander, citing low birth rates and booming industry. “[Canada’s] need is to find immigrants who are ready and willing to integrate into local communities, and contribute immediately in those fields with existing current needs.”
Alexander called upon local businesses to communicate their needs to his department so they can accurately assess and cater to labour market needs.
He publicly renewed his government’s commitment to provincial nominee programs, which allow provinces to select and fast-track applications from immigrants’ whose skills are deemed to be in high demand. He also championed their commitment to economic immigration streams, which he says helps build and sustain a strong economy to benefit all Canadians.
Furthermore, Alexander noted the work that his predecessors have done to reduce waiting times and immigration backlogs, both of which serve to make Canada more competitive in the global market for talent.
Source: Ottawa Citizen