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Canada should be leveraging its strong international reputation to attract more blue-collar migrants as a way to solve our skilled trades talent shortage, according to a story in the Globe and Mail.
The Globe and Mail article says Canada’s immigration system prioritizes highly educated workers whose skills are not a match for sectors such as manufacturing. The Global Talent Stream program, introduced by Ottawa in 2017, allows highly educated workers to obtain work permits in as little as two weeks. But that doesn’t really help blue-collar workers who could spend two years working through the process to get a temporary work permit for Canada and too many end up giving up.
The full Globe and Mail article is available here: How to address Canada’s talent shortage? Start by encouraging blue-collar migrants – The Globe and Mail