Source: Canadian businesses’ message ahead of the election: We need immigrant workers | Financial Post

“OTTAWA — Canadian unemployment is at an all-time low and businesses have a message for politicians ahead of October’s national election: We need immigrant workers so do not make the campaign about keeping them out.”

“Unlike the United States where immigration is viewed by some as a threat, Canadian businesses broadly support Trudeau’s promise to boost the number of immigrants and refugees allowed into the country every year to about one per cent of the population.”

“With unemployment at 5.4 per cent, the lowest level since comparable data were first published in 1976, Canada needs workers. A June 25 report showed the country’s farm labour shortage is costing billions and is expected to balloon in the next decade.”

“Under Trudeau, Canada’s population growth accelerated to 1.4 per cent in 2018 from 0.8 per cent in 2015, official data show. That compares with U.S. population growth of about 0.6 per cent in the same period.

The number of new permanent residents climbed by 12 per cent in 2018 to 321,035, the highest yearly figure since 1913, eclipsing the government’s target of 310,000.”

“Companies across Canada are facing the same problem as Maple Leaf Foods. The meat-processing industry alone will need 25,000 workers over the next dozen years, according to a study by the Food Processing Skills Canada.”

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