Labour force growth depends on immigrants

Newcomers accounted for 70 per cent of the growth in the labour force in the last decade
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/19/2003

Due to Canada’s aging population, in eight years’ time, almost all labour force growth will be made up by immigrant workers.

In the last decade, nearly 70 per cent of the growth in the labour force were accounted for by newcomers who arrived in the 1990s, according to Census 2001 data by Statistics Canada. As the “baby boom” generation retires, the labour force will increasingly become reliant on immigrant workers. By 2011, new immigrants are expected to make up for almost all of the labour force growth, said the Statistics Canada report. As of May 2001, almost one out of five people in the labour force were born outside Canada.

Responding to this eventuality, some employers are rethinking their strategies and programs with the overall aim to make the best use of immigrant talent.