Immigration Pilot looks to create sustainable workforce in city
It is estimated that the city of Thunder Bay will require between 360 and 1,800 new people per year to maintain a sustainable population and workforce.
A pilot project that began late last year is looking to make attracting and keeping new workers in the region easier for employers.
“I think employers were really happy to hear this program exists and there will be a lot of support for them going through it,” said Emily Lauzon, workforce development officer with the Community Economic Development Commission. “It is a different type of stream that they haven’t used before with lots of supports in place.”
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot was launched on Nov. 1, 2019 and there are currently 25 local employers registered to participate. On Tuesday, Lauzon met with employers to provide insights into how the program works and how they can benefit. – tbnewswatch
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This pilot project seems to be at odds with a previous pilot project canceled by the Ford Government. Remember the Basic Income Pilot Project? If there are that many jobs available, then I would think that such a project is not required.
Everyday, I see a lot of young able-bodied people that seem to have nothing to do. Many ask me for spare change. Are these people not able to work? To be trained?
If there is such a shortage of skilled labour in Thunder Bay, Ontario and Canada, then our education system has failed the taxpayers of this country.
Why is our highly-touted education system unable to produce skilled labourers? Maybe the hard-done-by teachers can answer that question? Why is our system producing a highly educated but unskilled labour force? Is their job not to produce this country’s workforce? If its not, then maybe the teachers can enlighten us what it is they actually do?
Its disgusting that with a ever-growing population of people financially dependent on the generosity of government social programs, the only solution our high salaried residents of City Hall, Queens Park and Parliament Hill is to import workers.