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Recommendations for Strengthening Manitoba’s Workforce – My Interview for the WCC Manitoba BOLD

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.



About Reis Pagtakhan

Reis Pagtakhan is an immigration law partner with MLT Aikins LLP. His extensive experience includes assisting businesses obtain temporary entry to Canada and permanent residency for their executives, employees and contractors from all over the world. Reis has lectured on and written papers on immigration law for the Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba Bar Association, the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Community Legal Education Association of Manitoba. He has presented position papers before the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Immigration Department officials and Manitoba Labour and Immigration. He has written articles on immigration for the CBC, the Winnipeg Free Press, trade, industry and ethnic publications.


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