Earlier this month, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce released Manitoba BOLD, a document which challenges Manitoba’s political parties to act on various recommendations the Chamber feels will improve our province in terms of strengthening our workforce. I am proud to be a part of this initiative and, as a part of this, communicated by BOLD idea in this video.
Among the 46 sub-categories found in this document, the section on immigration provides three recommendations for improving and streamlining immigration to the province of Manitoba in order to build up our province and economy. The first recommendation is to reopen the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program’s Employer Direct program, which would allow employers to choose individuals that they would like to nominate for permanent residency under the Provincial Nominee Program.
The second recommendation is to have the Worker Recruitment and Protection Act changed in order to allow for HR personnel to recruit foreign workers directly, rather than having this option available only to lawyers and licensed immigration consultants.
The third recommendation is to have a provincial system in place in which employers can assess the qualifications of individual newcomers to Canada, which could lead to more qualified professionals entering the workforce in their specific field, as opposed to having overqualified people being underemployed.
As it stands now, employers in Manitoba have very little power when it comes to choosing the individuals that they need for their business to flourish. It should be up to the provinces to choose who comes to work for them, and not the feds.