Canada set to reduce intake of temporary workers from Nigeria, others

Canada is to decrease its intake of temporary workers from Nigeria and other foreign countries, officials announced on Thursday.

This concept represents a considerable shift from the country’s previous expansive immigration policy.

The federal government proposes limiting the number of temporary residents to no more than 5% of the national population over the next three years, a significant reduction from the current 6.2%, which equates to around 2.5 million people.

The adjustment comes after Canada has had significant population expansion driven by high levels of immigration, which has begun to exceed employment creation.

“Canada has witnessed a considerable increase in the volume of temporary residents recently,” said Immigration Minister Marc Miller during a press briefing.

This surge includes international students, foreign workers filling employment gaps, and individuals displaced by conflicts and natural disasters.

Recent government statistics highlight a 3.6 per cent drop in job vacancies to 678,500 in the final quarter of 2023, continuing a downward trend from a peak of 983,600 in mid-2022.

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“With the labour market tightening, it’s clear that changes are necessary to render the system both more efficient and sustainable,” Miller remarked.

The policy revision is set to be finalised following discussions with provincial governments, some of which have voiced concerns over the strain on housing and public services due to the influx of migrants.

The move aligns with other recent adjustments, including a cap on new permits for international students and the introduction of visa requirements for certain Mexican travellers.

In tandem with the reduction in temporary foreign workers, Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault has called on businesses to prioritise hiring refugees.

The new guidelines will limit the proportion of temporary foreign workers in companies to 20 per cent, down from 30 per cent, with exceptions for the healthcare and construction sectors.

Additionally, Minister Miller has directed Canada’s immigration department to review existing temporary labour programs to ensure they align more closely with the country’s labour market needs and to eliminate any programme abuses.

 

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