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Immigrants could be the solution to Canada’s labour shortage

Rupa Banerjee, Toronto Metropolitan University

Rupa Banerjee, Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour, Toronto Metropolitan University

Immigration is largely accepted as one of the best strategic responses to Canada’s declining birth rates, aging population and labour market shortages. In many ways, immigrants are now positioned to be the saviours of Canada’s post-pandemic recovery.

Even with steadily rising numbers and the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians are more favourable towards immigration than ever before.

Canada’s new immigration targets are unprecedented — more than 1.4 million new permanent residents will be admitted by 2025. Setting targets, however, is the easy part. More difficult is ensuring Canada is up to the task of selecting and welcoming the influx of newcomers that will be arriving over the next few years.

But if immigrants are going to be a panacea for our demographic and economic challenges, they must be able to find skills-appropriate employment and settle into communities. Selecting the right mix of newcomers is the first crucial element to consider.

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GM’s BrightDrop begins production at Canada’s first large-scale EV plant

The first BrightDrop electric delivery vans rolled off the Ontario assembly line Monday, December 5.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford joined GM at the opening of Canada’s first full-scale electric-vehicle manufacturing plant.

The GM plant in Ingersoll had been assembling gasoline-powered vehicles for more than three decades.

The plant will now build BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric delivery vans. GM aims to have as many as 50,000 of them rolling off this assembly line per year by 2025.

The announcement means Canada is the BrightDrop’s first international market.

BrightDrop also announced DHL Express was its first Canadian customer. DHL plans to add its first BrightDrop Zevo electric delivery vans to its fleet early next year.

Sources » BrightDrop Press Release / GM Investor RelationsReuters / Just Auto / Detroit Free Press / Green Car Congress / Electric Autonomy Canada / Canada Auto World / TechCrunch / The Verge / AFP via Barrons

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