Looking beyond the resumé (Guest commentary)

Employers need to do more to help skilled immigrants and staffing agencies can help with the process
By Amanda Curtis
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/03/2007

Significant labour shortages of both skilled and unskilled workers continue to escalate in a growing number of regions and industries across the country. Yet, as a nation, Canada has only just begun to feel the effects of its aging population on the labour market.

As more baby boomers move into retirement in the coming years, the skills shortage will continue to grow, sliding into a negative worker replacement ratio with more people retiring from the workforce than entering it by the next decade. To compete in an increasingly global economy, Canadian businesses must find innovative and creative solutions to reduce labour shortages and keep the economy moving forward.

The Canadian government is working hard to attract skilled immigrants to Canada to help ease the economic pressures of an aging society. In 2004, according to Statistics Canada, 45 per cent of new immigrants 15 and older had university degrees. Yet skilled immigrants continue to be at a disadvantage when searching for employment in their field.