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Managers’ and Labour Leaders’ Views on Immigration Levels: Findings from the 2005 Viewpoints Survey. Public Policy Forum Conference Integrating Immigrants: Building Partnerships that Work March 19-20, 2006. Clarence Lochhead, Senior Researcher. Workplace Partners Panel

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managers and labour leaders views on immigration levels findings from the 2005 viewpoints survey

Managers’ and Labour Leaders’ Views on Immigration Levels:Findings from the 2005 Viewpoints Survey

Public Policy Forum Conference

Integrating Immigrants: Building Partnerships that Work

March 19-20, 2006

Clarence Lochhead, Senior Researcher

Workplace Partners Panel

Canadian Labour and Business Centre

presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • Managers and Labour Leaders Views on:
    • Immigration levels: a serious problem facing Canada?
    • Immigration settlement: too many or too few immigrants going to “my province”?
    • Immigrant selection system: enough focus on required skills and occupations?
  • Relationship between views on immigration levels and potential indicators of immigration levels policy
    • Demographic indicators
    • Labour supply/demand indicators
  • Summary and concluding remarks
viewpoints 2005 which leaders were surveyed
Viewpoints 2005Which Leaders Were Surveyed?
  • CLBC Board;
  • Dun & Bradstreet Database of
    • CEOs, Owners, Senior VPs of businesses;
    • Labour leaders;
    • Chief Administrators of hospitals,
    • School principals;
  • Presidents of universities and community colleges;
  • Federal and provincial Deputy Ministers with labour market and education/training responsibilities
  • Chief administrative officers of municipal governments
viewpoints 2005 sample and themes
Viewpoints 2005Sample and Themes
  • 1,169 completed questionnaires
    • 728 private and public sector managers
    • 441 private and public sector labour leaders
  • Four major themes
    • Challenges facing the economy and labour market
    • Workforce skills issues
    • Workforce training issues
    • Immigration issues
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How serious a problem are the following issues facing the Canadian economy and labour market?“Too-high immigration levels”

Ranking based on percentage responding “serious problem”

Workplace Partners’ Panel, Viewpoints 2005

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How serious a problem are the following issues facing the Canadian economy and labour market?“Too-low immigration levels”

Ranking based on percentage responding “serious problem”

Workplace Partners’ Panel, Viewpoints 2005

immigration settlement managers views on the number of immigrants going to their province region
Immigration Settlement: Managers’ Views on the Number of Immigrants going to their Province / Region

Workplace Partners’ Panel, Viewpoints 2005

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Immigration Settlement:Labour Leaders’ Views on the Number of Immigrants going to their Province / Region

Workplace Partners’ Panel, Viewpoints 2005

slide9
Strong association between views about immigration levels and perceived impacts on employment prospects- Managers’ response

Workplace Partners’ Panel, Viewpoints 2005

slide10
Strong association between views about immigration levels and perceived impacts on employment prospects- Labour Leaders’ response

Workplace Partners’ Panel, Viewpoints 2005

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“Canada’s immigration selection system does not focus enough on the skills and occupations required by my organization”

Workplace Partners’ Panel, Viewpoints 2005

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Comparison of managers’ views on immigration levels with possible demographic indicators of immigration levels policy
slide13
Comparison of managers’ views on immigration levels with possible labour supply/demand indicators of immigration levels policy
summary concluding remarks 1
Summary & Concluding Remarks (1)
  • Immigration levels are generally not seen by managers or labour leaders as a serious problem for the Canadian economy and labour market
  • Mixed views on whether “too many” or “too few” immigrants “come to my province”, but…
    • Views vary by province (e.g. managers and labour leaders in the Atlantic provinces more likely to say “too few” than M and LL in Ontario)
    • In no province does the percentage of managers or labour leaders saying “too many” exceed 25%
    • Strong association between views about immigration levels and perceived impacts on employment prospects
  • Relatively large share of Managers and Labour Leaders agree that the immigrant selection system does not focus enough on needed skills and occupations
summary concluding remarks 2
Summary & Concluding Remarks (2)
  • Regional /provincial variations in managers’ views on immigration levels…
    • seem to correspond well with demographic indicators of projected population growth and dependency ratios
    • do not seen to correspond well with labour supply/demand indicators such as unemployment levels
  • Viewpoints survey suggest that regional distribution of immigrants and more focused selection are of greater concern to managers and labour leaders than overall immigration levels
thank you
Thank You!

Clarence Lochhead

Senior Researcher

Canadian Labour and Business Centre

(613) 234-0505 ext.232

c.lochhead@clbc.ca

www.clbc.ca