Canada is facing labor shortages and is seeking 1.45 million immigrants to fill the gap

Canada is looking to increase immigration to solve persistent labor shortages, targeting at least 1.45 million immigrants by 2025.

“Listen folks, it’s easy for me,” Canadian Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser said at a news conference on Tuesday. “Canada needs more people.”

Fraser said COVID has caused Canada to lose nearly 1 million workers. He said immigration is the most efficient way to fill the gap.

The proposed immigration plan calls for 465,000 immigrants in 2023 and up to 500,000 in 2025. Last year, 405,000 immigrants arrived permanently in Canada, the country’s largest annual influx, Frasier said.

“We need more workers in all sectors in all regions of the country, whether it’s frontline health workers, truck drivers, home builders or software engineers,” Fraser said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau tweeted that “immigration is critical to growing our economy and helping businesses find the workers they need.”

Consulting firm Deloitte reports that job openings are up 9% since the end of 2019, compared to a 33% increase in the US over the same period.

In 2021, according to the Canadian Census, immigrants made up 23% of Canada’s population, the highest percentage in 150 years. Canada is facing labor shortages and is seeking 1.45 million immigrants to fill the gap

Fry Electronics Team

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