Applications for Canadian Work Permits Down 74%

By Michael Niren April 29, 2015 2 min. read

(Below is a transcription of this video)

Hi, this is Michael Niren, immigration lawyer and founder of Some troubling statistics about work permits. The numbers of applications for work permits are down a whopping 74% from 2012. That’s huge and very concerning; it’s concerning for foreign nationals who seek better opportunities in Canada, it’s concerning for employers who require the talents of foreign nationals in order to grow their businesses and it’s concerning for consumers who rely on the labor of foreign workers and businesses who hire them. So the fact that we have a 74% decrease in work permit applications is not good for anybody.

What Caused the Sharp Decline in Applications for Canadian Work Permits

This is due to the increased regulations and restrictions imposed on foreign workers and employers trying to proceed with these applications. Individuals just don’t want to apply because they feel they can’t qualify, employers are not motivated to hire foreign workers even though they need their labor. The idea that foreign workers “take away” jobs from Canadians is an economic myth.

Importance of Temporary Foreign Workers

Canada, because of its aging demographic especially, requires the labor of foreign workers to be competitive on a global scale. This doesn’t do anyone any good; it’s backward economic thinking. The government has overreacted in my opinion to some alleged abuse of foreign workers by employers and the result is, “Let’s punish the foreign workers by not approving them; making it harder for them,” doesn’t really make any sense. No one wins. Canadians as I said rely on foreign workers in so many ways and these foreign workers ultimately, many of them become Canadians. They move here, they work here, they’re motivated, they apply for permanent residence and they become a part of our labor pool and this is how a country progresses and how a country grows. Especially a country like Canada where there is an aging demographic. So we have to fight this, we have to speak out against these backward policies if we want to remain competitive and especially on a global scale as I said.

So hopefully the government will reverse its policies and open the door to foreign nationals for them, for employers and for all Canadians. Thank you. If you like this video, click like and share it with as many people as you can, we have to get the word out. Thank you and have a great day.

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