Winnipeg is set to benefit from the federal government’s plan to increase immigration levels in provinces, according to a local organization. The Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba believes that this boost is a positive stride towards addressing the current labor shortages across the country.
Shereen Denetto, the executive director of the organization, expressed her support for the government’s decision, highlighting the unprecedented labor shortage that Canada is currently facing. Denetto emphasized that job vacancies in both Manitoba and the rest of the country are at an all-time high. She also mentioned that immigrants and refugees are eager and prepared to contribute to the workforce.
In 2021 alone, Canada welcomed 405,000 new permanent residents, with a significant number of them choosing Manitoba as their new home. This news comes as a relief for Manitoba businesses that have been struggling with staffing shortages due to the impact of the pandemic.
Elisabeth Saftiuk, the vice-president of policy and government relations at the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, acknowledged the labor shortage challenges faced by businesses in the province. She stated that the pandemic has exacerbated these challenges, making it even more difficult for businesses to find suitable employees.
However, while the increase in immigration levels is a positive development, Denetto emphasized the need for proper supports and resources for newcomers. She highlighted the backlog of applications in the express entry program and urged the government to expedite these processes. Denetto also stressed the importance of employment programs and affordable housing to ensure successful integration and long-term success for newcomers.
According to Denetto, providing front-end supports for newcomers, such as helping them understand the labor market and find suitable employment, will lead to better outcomes in terms of their integration into Canadian society.
Overall, the federal government’s decision to boost immigration levels in provinces has been welcomed by the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba. They believe that this move will help address labor shortages and provide opportunities for immigrants and refugees to contribute to the workforce. However, they also stress the importance of ensuring that newcomers receive the necessary support and resources for successful integration into their new communities.