Canada Recruites Skilled Workers While United States Misses Out
Canada.com recently published the story of Paul Thomas, an American mechanic who had fallen on hard times due to the state of the United States economy. He’d taken a huge pay cut, had filed for bankruptcy, his house was in foreclosure and he was having difficulty finding a job.
But then Canada came calling, offering him a job for $100,000 per year. He was recruited from the United States, which is rare for an auto mechanic. This story is not new, as both the federal government in Canada and provincial governments are recruiting all kinds of skilled workers to the country from places like the United States.
Canada’s Skilled Workers Program Vs. the United States
The new Skilled Workers Program will increase the number of skilled tradesman being brought into Canada however, will this been seen as a loss to the United States?
Is the United States’ Loss Canada’s Immigration Gain?
The United States’ immigration program is more family-centric, and while Canada has family immigration programs Canada also has a significant number of economic immigration streams. In addition, Canada is introducing new immigration programs all of the time in order to attract more skills and innovation to our economy.
One example is the aforementioned skilled trades program, a subset of the skilled worker program that will be accepting 3,000 applications this year.
Canada’s Skilled Workers Program & the Start-Up Visa
Another example is the Start-Up Visa, which allows entrepreneurs who have great business ideas to sort of audition for investors. If the Canadian investors think that they have a great idea, they’ll invest in the individual and the individual will get permanent residence in Canada.
Currently, the United States government is working on new immigration policies, with various groups pushing for different changes. One change being heavily pushed for by technology companies is more H1B work visas, which allow applicants who work in skilled occupations to come to the United States.
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What do you think? Can the United States learn from Canada’s intake of skilled immigrants?
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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