Canada’s labor shortage has reached the point of a complete storm


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The economic recovery from a pandemic will be a complex road with years of ups and downs. Inflation makes it harder for more and more Canadians to pay their bills, but ironically, we are in the midst of a labor shortage. As employers increase employee compensation to attract new workers, they are forced to raise prices for products and services, leading to a surge in inflation. These labor challenges are not immediately or easily resolved.

Part of the problem we are facing is that we are catching up. Many projects and initiatives that were considered non-essential in the last few years have been postponed. Many constructions were postponed due to the blockages imposed, whether in the public or private sector. Demand for construction labor surged as unprocessed capital projects returned online with the suburban housing boom. Jobs increased by 158% Wages for these jobs increased by more than 14% over that period, but they still failed to draw in enough workforce to meet demand.

Healthcare services are overwhelming for several reasons. Although the pandemic appears to be suppressed, a significant number of COVID-19 patients are still hospitalized. Untreated surgical procedures are rushing to catch up with the patient, thus diluting resources. Vaccine obligations continue to be enforced in many healthcare facilities, reducing the pool of potential new hires.Almost in BC 2,500 health workers fired He refused vaccination despite the lack of personnel in the system. Jobs in the medical sector increased by 100% in the last quarter of 2021, depending on the discipline.

Areas of great concern are social and community service workers, with job openings increasing by 159.8 percent. Social pressures from the blockade of pandemics and the heightened crisis of opioid addiction have led to an explosive demand for social workers. Individuals and families are under stress and community support is tense. Unfortunately, wages in this area have risen only 1.7% during the period, despite increasing demand.

The food service industry was hit hard by the fact that restaurants and bars were usually the first to be closed during the blockade and the last to be opened. Due to the nature of the industry’s roller coasters at the time, many workers in the industry chose to take up new professions. Despite the complete closure of many restaurants and bars during the pandemic, server vacancy increased by 145% and demand for kitchen support staff increased by 119%. The food service industry is a low-margin industry, and providers have struggled to raise wages high enough to bring back workers.

The aging of the population is also a factor. In 2011, people over the age of 65 made up 14.4% of the population, but today that number has grown to 18.5%. Not only does it deprive our workforce of people when they retire, but older people tend to need more supported lives, so extra to our health and care facilities. Apply pressure.

This labor shortage flow cannot be changed immediately, but it must be dealt with immediately.

Many Canadians who have left low-skilled departments are in the process of improving their work skills. Many chose to change course because they had time to meditate on their career direction during the lockdown. Training programs and education for these workers in transition need to be promoted. Especially if they are trained for trade due to lack of housing. If you can increase your housing supply, you can reduce your living expenses and accommodate new Canadians.

Immigration was the main means we used to fill the void left by the aging population. Over the last two years, immigration has declined due to a pandemic.

Yes, you need to raise your immigration level. With temporary foreign workers as well as permanent new citizens of Canada.It requires political courage as a labor force Unions often oppose such efforts, But that has to be done. Many of the jobs we have can quickly be filled by new Canadians.

As with many problems, the best solution the government can offer is to stay out of the way. Stop rolling restrictions and try to stabilize the economy. Encourage immigration and education while removing barriers to bureaucracy and employment, including mandatory vaccines. Rapid housing construction and trade training. A streamlined government does not draw so much workforce, so it leaves more for other sectors.

We were hit by a complete storm of labor shortages. There is no silver bullet solution. However, it gets worse with longer wait times, so you should start early rather than delaying the work on this issue.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

Corey Morgan

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Cory Morgan is a Calgary-based columnist.

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