A look at the growing skills gap and importance of employee mobility (Guest Commentary)

Canada needs to take hard look at tax regulations, red tape that hampers inter-provincial mobility
By Stephen Cryne
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/12/2014

The number of high-paying jobs sitting unfilled because of a growing skills gap in Canada’s labour pool is a real threat to the nation’s economy.

Since 2006, Canadian employers have created more than 1.6 million jobs — more than any other G7 country. Most of those have been full-time, private sector jobs requiring high skills and paying high wages.

Yet Canada is facing a skills gap that spans many industries and regions. In the short term, key strategies to address this include providing employers with better access to skilled workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and improving internal mobility, making it easier for Canadians to move to regions where jobs exist.