SOME SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT IMMIGRATION TO KITCHENER-WATERLOO
The rational cited for the Canadian Foreign Worker Program is that we need them to take jobs that Canadian domestic workers cannot fulfil.
The author of the article found here: wonders why Temporary Foreign Workers are moving to cities with no apparent labour shortage. This fact should not be surprising when one does not look at labour in general, but specific transferable job skills. Most temporary workers intend to work either in the professions, specialized skills or in management. These jobs arise when an economy is booming. It should come as no surprise, therefore, if immigrants working pursuant to a work program would migrate to a region without a general work shortage
As a result, the two articles recorded below should not be surprising.
The Record printed a recent article that reported the results of a study of the Conference Board of Canada (a Conservative Think-Tank). The study reports that the Waterloo is amongst the most desirable places for recent immigrants due to its education and innovation. The article is here.
Given the K-W’s desirability, we should not be surprised if most immigrants move to the K-W area after residing somewhere else in Canada. For example, many immigrants first resided in places like Toronto before moving to the K-W region. You can access the Report from the municipal government regarding K-W economic growth (including immigration) by clicking here.
We need to keep perspective, however. Although our region is desirable to working immigrants, numerically they have little effect on the general labour force. There are approximately 267,465 people in the Region’s workforce and 19,295 are unemployed. According to Statistics Canada, in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region there are 1 666 people holding an International Mobility Program Work Permit Holders and only 325 Temporary Foreign Worker Work Permit Holders.
Regardless of one’s opinion of Canada’s immigration laws, it appears that immigration is not a large factor in the local unemployment rate one way or another.