Realigning Canadian Immigration – will we see increased labour market competition among immigrants?

If you haven’t watched it yet, the Agenda conversation “Realigning Canadian Immigration” is worth the time.

Realigning Canadian Immigration | TVO Main.

It’s worth watching in its entirety, but I thought this comment, around 23:30 or so in the video is worth thinking about. I haven’t seen any similar commentary, other than Ratna’s OpEd re. what about those already here – “While we look forward to a new immigrant tomorrow, we must keep in mind the immigrant of today.”

Question: Will these changes improve outcomes for Canadians who are already here, and the immigrants who hope to be here?

Arthur Sweetman

“Changes, if/when implemented will helpe new immigrants who arrive. But, whether they’ll help newcomers who are already here is a very different question and it’s far less clear what will happen.

As you give more authority, more power to employers, it could be that that increases competition between people who are already here and people who are arriving, especially on the temporary foreign worker side. And it could well be that there is some bidding down of wages for people existing in Canada by competition from new immigrants and from temporary foreign workers.

Of course, for people who have been here for a long time, or people who were born in Canada, that competition is minimal. The main people who seem to experience competition from new immigrants are the people one or two steps ahead of them in the queue. That is to say, people most similar to them.

So, it’s not entirely clear that if you give employers new powers that it will be positive for everybody. It might well be for some people in society, people, to use a technical term, who are “complements in production” to the new immigrants, they’re going to benefit. But the people who are “substitutes in production” for the new immigrants, they might well feel some negative consequences.

We don’t know if that’s going to happen or not, but it might. ”

Of course, you should also watch this video where Jason Kenney outlines his take on the changes:

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Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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