Delivering a solution for skills shortages

Canada's record in integrating immigrants into the labour market is abysmal
By Lynne Sullivan
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/12/2004

In Canada these days, getting a family doctor is no easy task. Doctors, specialists, physiotherapists and nurses are in short supply. Recruiters in many other industries are also gearing up for a skills shortage. However, the situation is not as dire as it seems.

There are many trained professionals who could fill the roles that need to be filled. Unfortunately many of them — trained health-care workers, IT professionals, accountants, tool-and-die makers — are currently delivering pizzas, driving taxis, working in low-paying jobs that don’t make use of their skills. Others are doing volunteer work to get Canadian experience.

To solve the skills shortage, they need to be redeployed to the jobs they are trained for, and where they are most needed. HR professionals can play a key role in making that happen.