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With Little Native Workforce Left In Canada, Punjabis Lead The Immigration Queue

The country with the second-largest land area has a population of only 3.8 million people. And the average age of Canadians is 41, and it is rising with each passing year.

Canada seeks record applications from across the globe for 10 lakh vacancies, semi-skilled immigrants to be welcomed too. (Photo Credit: File/PTI)

Chandigarh: Post-Covid, the highest number of Punjabis are in the immigration queue for Canada. According to sources, the figure is close to 40,000. All they need now is a green light, as Canada has indicated an unprecedented demand for immigrants and that the intake will begin soon.

The country with the second-largest land area has a population of only 3.8 million people. And the average age of Canadians is 41, and it is rising with each passing year. The good news is that there is a high demand in Canada for both trained and semi-skilled labour. In Punjab alone, around 20,000 skilled and semi-skilled workers have registered for immigration. This is in addition to the students who come to Canada on study visas.

The good news for Indians wishing to fly to Canada is that Canada Statistics has reported that there are currently 10.12 lakh openings in various sectors. This is a 60 per cent increase from March 2021, when there were 6 lakh openings.

Every year 20,000 Punjabis get permanent residency (PR) in that country. However, the estimate this year is that about 40,000 immigrants from Punjab who have already applied for immigration will fly out. And like many, the number may become Permanent Residents PRs – the highest ever to date.

Record Demand In Farm, Health, Retail, And IT Sector

For the first time, the farm sector has added the most jobs, followed by food services, healthcare and nursing, retail, construction, IT and technology, manufacturing, and banking.

In agriculture, the number of jobs in March 2021 was 1.38 lakh. This has gone up to 1.65 lakh in March 2022. In food services, the jobs available last year were 68,000. This year it has gone up to 1.58 lakh.

Similarly, in healthcare and nursing, the number of vacancies has gone up from 1.04 lakh to 1.54 lakh. In Retail, from 75,000 jobs in March 2021, the number of vacancies went up to 1.09 lakhs this March.

In construction, IT and Technology, manufacturing and banking the vacancies went up from 1.83 lakh to 2.79 lakh. The fact that the farm sector may open could mean in the times to come that more lenient IELTS rules would be applicable for those who can’t crack the exam and have a compromised educational qualification (incomplete degree).

Hinting the flexibility in rules, Michelle Slater, the Director, Country Marketing, Canada, tweeted that there is a value in hiring people who have an open attitude towards learning skills rather than hiring people that may have direct or relatable experience. According to Canada Statistics, 40,000 such jobs for inexperienced people ready to learn will open in May itself. 

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