Report suggests a gap in low-skilled Canadian workers

March 17, 2015

A report released last week by Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette says that a shrinking pool of low-skilled Canadian workers has contributed to the growth of the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program. Fréchette said that as more Canadians pursue PSE, fewer are willing to look for work in areas like child care, agriculture, or retail. "The main consequence of this shrinking of the lower-skilled labour force is that it is potentially harder for employers, at current wages, to find 'suitable' candidates, namely candidates whose skill level matches that of the position for which they apply," the report says. The report further suggests that offering higher wages for lower-skilled jobs would not help overcome the gap. The report does not offer a detailed regional analysis due to a gap in the dataGlobe and Mail | Full Report