Canada needs 25 priority occupations – and Alberta needs skilled labour more than any province.

Thirty per cent of Canada's businesses face a skilled labour shor
tage, double the rate seen in early 2010.

These are some of the highlights of an economic report issued by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), issued late last year.

Another international recruitment consultancy also reported that Canada is suffering from chronic skills shortages that will simultaneously drive up job vacancies and unemployment if left unchecked.

The CIBC report lists 25 professions that Canadian business and industry will need from 2013.

In addition, the report” indicates a growing divide between the number of high-vacancy job fields in Canada and the skills of the Canadian workforce.

” To combat labour shortages, Canadian employers and government officials are increasingly looking beyond their own borders to find the employees they need. In addition, the government is taking ambitious efforts to secure skilled foreign workers, on temporary or permanent bases, to close employment gaps across the country.”

The Federal Skilled Worker Program scheduled to resume May 4, 2013 and the ongoing Provincial Nominee Program are two of the permanent residency schemes created to address the shortage.

CIBC has for the third consecutive year been recognized as one of Canada's Best Employers for New Canadians. The award recognizes employers across Canada who are leaders in creating a workplace that welcomes new Canadians and allows them to make the most of their skills, education and talents. The winners were selected by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers.

The list of 25 shortage occupations which more likely than not would constitute several of the priority lists to be published before May 4, 2013:

Managers in Engineering, Architecture, Science and Info Systems
Managers in Health, Education, Social and Community Services
Managers in Construction and Transportation
Auditors, Accountants and Investment Professionals
Human Resources and Business Service Professionals
Professional Occupations in Natural and Applied Science
Physical Science Professionals
Life Science Professionals
Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineers
Other Engineers
Professional Occupations in Health
Physicians, Dentists and Veterinarians
Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals
Pharmacists, Dietitians and Nutritionists
Therapy and Assessment Professionals
Nurse Supervisors and Registered Nurses
Technical and Related Occupations in Health
Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)
Technical Occupations in Dental Health Care
Other Technical Occupations in Health Care (Except Dental)
Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Clergy and Probation Officers
Supervisors, Mining, Oil and Gas
Underground Miners, Oil and Gas Drillers and Related Workers
Supervisors in Manufacturing
Supervisors, Processing Occupations

These occupations are all considered skilled work by the Government of Canada according to the occupational skill structure under the National Occupations Classification. These professions mostly fall in the fields of healthcare, mining, and manufacturing or business services, accounting to 21%, or about one-fifth, of jobs in Canada.

To have a free assessment on how you could qualify as a permanent resident to Canada if your occupation is included in this list, click on this link and complete the Personal Intake Online Sheet. Or you can call the Immigrant Visa Center at 02-634-8717.

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About the Author

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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