The findings in the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)’s October 2018 Business Barometer survey clearly demonstrate that a record 47 per cent of small Canadian enterprises are experiencing a shortage of skilled labour.
The greatest skilled labour shortages are reported in three major provinces: British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario. While the industries reporting the highest shortages in skilled labour are construction, transportation, personal services and natural resources.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), which has been a vocal proponent of immigration’s role in solving Canada’s labour shortage, believe that the shortage is forcing a number of employers to limit their hiring plans, which eventually putting pressure on their ability to grow.
In recent months, Quebec took a number of steps to address labour shortages in the province, particularly in regions outside the Montreal metropolitan area. The adoption of a new Expression of Interest system for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program is a major step taken by the Ontario government. The government asserts that this step will facilitate the selection of workers with skills that meet shortages in the province’s regions.
Besides, Ontario recently revised the minimum score requirement for its Human Capital Priorities Stream as well, which allows the province to search the federal government’s Express Entry system for eligible economic immigration applicants. Rather than a minimum CRS score of 400, Ontario government states the score requirement will be left to the disposition of the director in charge of the province’s immigrant nominee program (OINP).
The director of OINP will contemplate on factors including labour market requirements and the province’s economic priorities when deciding on the minimum score. The most recent invitation round through the Human Capital Priorities Stream witnessed the plunge in the score, which reduced to 350 for Express Entry candidates with a job offer in Ontario.