Report calls on federal government to increase skilled immigrant workers
On Tuesday, May 22, the British Columbia Immigrant Task Force (ITF) released its final report stating that B.C. still needs a greater number of skilled immigrants to offset the growing skills and labour shortage in the province.
The report, released by the Minister of State for Multiculturalism, John Yap, announced that the Province is being constrained by the federal government in its efforts to attract the skilled immigrants needed to support economic growth. B.C. employers are becoming increasingly dependant on this talent pool to fill critical skills gaps in their workforces.
The ITF's announcement mirrors findings presented in a report released by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) in April. IEC-BC's report calls for greater employer involvement in matching workforce needs with immigrant talent and includes recommendations for action.