Jobs are the thing

I am sitting in a session with 12 immigrants (blogging in real time). They love it here but the key is the job. Spouses can’t find jobs. Others are underemployed. But they all say that if there were good career jobs here (and companies would hire them), they would stay and love it.

They like just about everything about Atlantic Canada – except the lack of job opportunities.

Don’t put the cart in front of the horse on immigration. If you build it (i.e good companies with good jobs) and they will come. Don’t sell smoke and mirrors. And if you need workers in lower wage service industries, don’t attract skilled people to work low paying jobs. Attract people for whom those jobs would be a step up.

There’s Israelis, a Hungarian, Brits, an Indian, a Peruvian and a couple of Americans.

Fun stuff.

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0 Responses to Jobs are the thing

  1. Anonymous says:

    You are entirely right. And I would add one thing: it is even more difficult for highly qualified personnel. As a rule of thumb, a highly qualified person is married to another highly qualified person. If we don’t have the capacity to integrate both of them in the job market, they will not stay here very long. This is infinitely more difficult in the rural areas, except if you are McCain Foods and you can hire both of them in the Grand Falls region.

    So does it make any sense to talk about attracting immigrants to populate the rural areas if the system is primarily based on bringing highly qualified and wealthy people???? Yes, there are a few exceptions, like Ganong bringing Romanian immigrants to St. Stephen or the PEI lobster industry bringing Russian temporary workers. But how much does it contribute for the development of a 21st-century knowledge-based economy? Or are we just looking for cheap labor from developing countries?

  2. mikel says:

    If you’re blogging in real time what would be interesting to know is WHY they love it-meaning, what was it about ‘home’ that they disliked so much? Why are the maritimes with few job prospects better than, say, the US or Britain?

    Plus, what about the opportunities for BUILDING investment opportunities. YOu can also ‘import’ entrepreneurs. Have any of the immigrants thought of/looked into that, and what are the barriers?

    What are the types of jobs they are qualified for but are lacking? Ganongs is going to Romania to hire people, is there something ‘wrong’ with those jobs (apparantly they still want more).

    Unfortunately, one of the primary uses of immigration has always been to fill the low wage jobs. Those are complaints that most New Brunswickers have as well. Unfortunately, the real question is how to get those companies-or build them.

  3. Anonymous says:

    You are right; a variety of good quality jobs will attract people. They will attract expats, immigrants, and retain our graduates.

    However, we need quality jobs; rocket scientists are not going to be happy driving taxis.

  4. richard says:

    “Or are we just looking for cheap labor from developing countries?”

    Yes, that’s what we’re doing.

    If there was real interest in the creation of high-paying jobs, then investments would be made in infrastructure to attract those industries. We have a wealth of natural resources in this province but damn little scientific research in how to get added value from those resources.