According to Canadian Visa Professionals, the British Columbia province needs foreign workers with the right skills to help fill many job vacancies. The labour market is very hot right now, with many jobs available for people with the necessary skills and qualifications.
The province anticipates more than a million new jobs will need to be filled by 2027.
In the words of Patrick Mackenzie, the CEO of the Immigrant Employment Council of B.C. (IECBC):
“We need to give immigrants a reason to choose our province before we can choose them. To attract, hire and retain high-level professionals to the province, we need to work directly with employers of labour to understand their needs.”
The IECBC is a non-profit organization that offers British Columbia’s employers resources to attract, hire and retain new people to the province via job opportunities.
Funding to expand the IECBC services all over B.C.
Canadian Visa Professionals could confirm that the IECBC recently received a 7 million dollar grant from the government.
The grant is to connect immigrant job seekers with prospective employers. Over 1,000 businesses and immigrant-serving organizations will mentor immigrants who are unemployed or underemployed.
“The grant will help scale up IECBC’s programs to reach small and medium scale firms in communities beyond urban centres. My excitement knows no bounds because we will be able to reach out to smaller communities all over B.C.”, said Mackenzie.
Canadian Visa Professionals says immigrants make up 29 per cent of British Columbia’s total population, according to the 2021 census data from Statistics Canada.