The Canadian Imperative

The Canadian Imperative

In a knowledge-based economy and in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, every mind matters, and every language in our midst is a bonus. All Canadians must have the opportunity to develop and contribute to their full potential” (Augustine, 2004).

  • A talent shortage is looming in Canada because of an aging population, low birth rates, and global competition for skilled workers
  • Companies are already experiencing a skills shortage. Specific sectors affected include:
    • Information and Communications Technology
    • Medicine
    • Public sector organizations
    • Policing
  • By 2011, all labour force growth will come from immigration
  • Visible minorities account for a growing proportion of the Canadian population
  • Visible minorities and immigrants contribute to the economy, and there are costs associated with under-utilizing their skills

To find out more on the sources and statistics behind these facts, download Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute report.

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