Making our immigration policy work (Guest commentary)

Co-operation between government, private sector needed to address labour shortage
By Rowan O’Grady
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2012

Human resource managers across Canada have been navigating through a perfect storm of labour shortages for years.

Retiring baby boomers, a lack of local, skilled professionals and antiquated immigration policies that make it difficult for companies to fill vacant roles with qualified candidates from foreign countries are creating even darker clouds on the horizon.

More than three-quarters (77 per cent) of companies cite “availability of suitable/skilled candidates” as the biggest challenge in attracting top talent, according to Hays Canada’s 2012 Compensation, Benefits, Recruitment and Retention Guide.