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‘Too much emphasis on immigration’ to solve Canada’s labour woes

From construction to manufacturing to hospitality, Canadian companies are struggling to find enough workers. London-based Capital Economics expects the flow of immigrants that have long filled Canada’s labour voids to remain weak into 2020.

Sean Speer, a fellow-in-residence at the Public Policy Forum, says policy makers often place too much emphasis on immigration as a solution to worker shortages. He sees technology, training, and engaging underrepresented groups like Canada’s Indigenous peoples as key to solving the country's labour imbalances.

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Jeff Lagerquist is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. Follow him on Twitter @jefflagerquist.

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