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Harper: skills shortage threatens Canada’s prosperity

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HRM CA | 21 Nov 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Stephen Harper says the skills shortage is the biggest challenge to the country’s future, and has outlined how government changes will address it.
  • Linda | 21 Nov 2012, 12:41 PM Agree 0
    I hope that this Government's recruitment proposal also includes the same solicitation from Canadians and Educational Institutions within Canada. Perhaps trying to recruit or educating Canadians first on the gap we could see a reduction of our Unemployment rate.
  • Asha | 21 Nov 2012, 02:39 PM Agree 0
    The government should have incentive programs in schools to target the gaps in skills first before trying to bring in a family of 6 with 1 skilled worker , through immigration and the other 5 on our social and health benefits!
    Recruit and develop from within FIRST . We will then create jobs , educate and encourage the ones here already without putting an added burden on our system as a whole !!
  • Gale | 21 Nov 2012, 05:13 PM Agree 0
    Let's train Canadians by making education affortable for those who want to learn. It would be more cost effective than supporting an uneducated population later in life who haven't had the resources to build for their retirement.
  • Albino | 22 Nov 2012, 01:37 PM Agree 0
    The proposed steps of bringing skilled immigrants is just a temporary surgical solutions. The government offer incentives for upgrading and training of professional immigrants that are already here in Canada, especially here in Toronto. There are a lot of professionals whose present job is not matching to their skills and educational qualifications. They accept their jobs for survival. What about those immigrant professionals who cannot find job because simply they don't have the Canadian experience that most employers are asking? The government should make a profiling of all immigrant professionals that are;
    a) employed other than their skills and educational qualifications
    b) unemployed and actively looking for job
    I think that bringing new immigrants even they are highly screened will still have to face the same challenges from professional regulations for several reasons.
    It would be a wise investment for the government to train immigrant professionals that are already here in Canada and then at the same time continue recruitment of highly skilled professional immigrants on a limited scale.
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