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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

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


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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


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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


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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


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Immigration Settlement: Canadian economy and labour market?Managers’ Views on the Number of Immigrants going to their Province / Region

Workplace Partners’ Panel, Viewpoints 2005


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Immigration Settlement: Canadian economy and labour market?Labour Leaders’ Views on the Number of Immigrants going to their Province / Region

Workplace Partners’ Panel, Viewpoints 2005


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

Workplace Partners’ Panel, Viewpoints 2005


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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


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Comparison of managers’ views on immigration levels with possible labour supply/demand indicators of immigration levels policy


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Summary & Concluding Remarks (1) possible labour supply/demand indicators of immigration levels policy

  • 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


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Summary & Concluding Remarks (2) possible labour supply/demand indicators of immigration levels policy

  • 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


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Thank You! possible labour supply/demand indicators of immigration levels policy

Clarence Lochhead

Senior Researcher

Canadian Labour and Business Centre

(613) 234-0505 ext.232

c.lochhead@clbc.ca

www.clbc.ca