Business council calls on Canada to budget for skilled immigrants

Shelby Thevenot
Published: March 1, 2021

On March 1, business leaders sent a list of pre-budget recommendations to the Canadian government, calling for a focus on long-term growth and job creation.

The Business Council of Canada's open letter to Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland outlined seven key recommendations to promote economic recovery. Among these recommendations, the author, Goldy Hyder, touted the importance of facilitating immigration for skilled foreign workers.

Hyder wrote: "We need to cultivate and enhance our human capital by developing a more agile and adaptable workforce, doing more to help young Canadians build rewarding careers, and enhancing our immigration system to make our country an even more powerful magnet for international talent."

The letter also called on the federal government to remove barriers to labour market integration. Specifically, they draw attention to foreign credential recognition, which prevents some skilled workers from working in their fields. An example of this could be a doctor who drives taxi instead of practicing medicine.

Find out if you’re eligible for Canadian immigration

In addition, the letter reiterates how low-wage, immigrant, and racialized workers have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Hyder notes that many of these recently displaced workers will need to be retrained in order to return to work.

"The federal government should work with employers, provinces and territories to develop a comprehensive skills agenda that prepares displaced workers for new careers in sectors where talent is in high demand," Hyder said in the letter, calling for training initiatives that are "business-led and results-driven." He specifically touted the models of Palette, a not-for-profit that offers training in sales and cybersecurity, and the Business and Higher Education Roundtable, which offers work-integrated learning.

Earlier this year, Canada opened up to pre-budget public consultations for three weeks. Canadians were able to tell the government what they would like to see prioritized in the new budget.

The federal government has not tabled a budget since March, 2019. The former finance minister, Bill Morneau, was set to table the new budget in March, 2020, but it was put off due to the sudden set-back in Canada's economic situation during the coronavirus outbreak.

When Freeland launched the consultations in January, she did not talk about how Canada would approach the budget, but she did tell reporters that the focus on Canada's economic recovery would be around "jobs, jobs, jobs, and growth."

In the fall, the Liberal government committed to investing $15 million in 2021 and 2022 to scale up and expand existing supports for the labour market integration of skilled newcomers with a focus on in-demand sectors, such as health, IT, and skilled trades. In July, Canada allotted $72.1 million to the federal immigration department to modernize their processing system away from paper-based applications.

Katherine Cuplinskas, a spokesperson for Freeland, cited these figures in response to the business council's recommendations on immigration.

“Attracting talented workers from around the world is an essential part of growing our economy and supporting Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 recession," Cuplinskas told CIC News. "Canada will continue to welcome newcomers with skills to help grow our economy."

Find out if you’re eligible for Canadian immigration

© CIC News All Rights Reserved. Visit CanadaVisa.com to discover your Canadian immigration options.

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at media@canadavisa.com
Related articles
Three tools to start looking for jobs after receiving an ITA from IRCC
Coworking spaces foster collaboration among diverse professionals in modern office
French language proficiency will lead category-based selection Express Entry draws in 2024
Nearly 80% of all Express Entry draws in 2024 will be category-based.
Statistics Canada releases new data on the educational achievements of racialized immigrants
Group of millenial young adult friends enjoying wintertime and in a snow-filled park
Report: Canada is the 2nd happiest country among the G7
Happy multigenerational people having fun sitting on grass in a public park
Top Stories
IRCC increases number of permits it will process under temporary special measures for Palestinian extended family in Gaza
What kind of school should I apply to as an international student in Canada?
How to Avoid a Rejected Educational Credential Assessment
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
Subscribe
More in Sponsor Content
How to Avoid a Rejected Educational Credential Assessment
If Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) rejects your ECA your immigration process could be delayed. Keep reading to learn how to avoid a rejected ECA.
How to improve your IELTS Score?
A woman is with an examiner from the IELTS test.
Banking for International Students: A Helpful Guide to Picking the Right Bank Account and Credit Card in Canada
There are two main types of personal deposit accounts that international students can open in Canada: chequing and savings.
Know You Are Prepared: 10 Essential Strategies for Success on CELPIP – the Only Canadian Test Designated by IRCC
If you’re applying to become a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, taking the CELPIP Test is an essential step toward your goal because it is one of the approved language tests and the only Canadian functional language assessment designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Link copied to clipboard