Employing skilled immigrants to fill gaps will be key to Canada’s post-COVID recovery
Such stories are common among immigrants. We’ve all heard of or met internationally-trained doctors, nurses or engineers who make a living driving taxis because they can’t get the certifications they need to work here — even though we are facing severe labour shortages in critical sectors such as health care as Canadian-born boomers retire. Job vacancies reached a record high in Canada in the third quarter of 2021, with 118,000, one-fifth of the total, reported in the health-care and social assistance sector. Employing skilled immigrants to fill these gaps will be key to Canada’s post-COVID recovery.
The good news is that recent legislation in Ontario amending The Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act will significantly reduce licensing barriers for skilled newcomers.