University enrolment must rise to ward off labour shortage, says AUCC

April 13, 2011

According to a new Association of Universities and College of Canada report, Canadian university enrolment must increase by 1.3% annually to produce enough skilled workers to meet demand and fill hundreds of thousands of positions that will be left vacant this decade by retiring baby boomers. All provinces are facing a decline in the 18-to-21 age cohort in coming years, although it is expected to be less severe in BC than anywhere else, the report observes. At the same time, the number of visa students and newcomers to Canada with a university degree, which has nearly tripled during the past decade, will remain strong. Vancouver Sun