Labor Shortage in Ontario Leads to Request for More Immigrants

The province of Ontario is requesting the Canadian federal government to double the number of economic immigrants allowed to relocate to the region. They are hoping this will provide workers for the skilled labor shortage the province is experiencing.

Vic Fedeli, the economic development minister, said the added growth of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program would answer to the labor market needs of employers.

In a letter to Marco Mendicino, the federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Fedeli requested that the number of newcomers accepted under the current program be increased by 6,300 over two years. Ontario requested an additional 1,000 nominations for this year but only has received 50.

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Mendicino’s spokesman commented that the Canadian government has committed to increasing the number allowed in the provinces’ nominee programs by close to 27,000 spaces and giving them the authority to choose the economic immigrants that suit their market needs.

He said they have also implemented the Rural and Northern Immigration pilot, which will aid remote and rural areas to attract and retain migrants to help lower some of the demographic challenges at hand.

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