Canada’s prosperity is always taken for granted and it seems everyone is invited to contribute to and share a part of our prosperity. Canada, as a country, always has a reputation of being friendly and accepting. However, when it comes to foreign worker policies, Canada has been less than accommodating.
With the implement of new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), the process of bringing foreign workers to Canada has become more rigorous and time-consuming. LMIA was created out of good intention to provide more opportunities for Canadians and to prevent the exploitation of foreign workers. However, for many industries, the cost of such good intention is a huge burden of stagnation.
In many technology-based fields, the complex process means the loss of talents coming to Canada. Industries like IT, video games, and even entertainment are perhaps the most concerned victims of this new implement. These industries are highly international, with the exchange of information happening on a global level, so it is essential that talented individuals from all over the world deserve a place in creating a Canadian brand of being the best, the most innovative. However, in reality, these individuals are kept away from Canada. At the same time, their expertise of technical knowledge and their leadership potential for fostering the next generation of experts are pushed aside. As a result, the Canadian brand is less than satisfactory.
Likewise in the entertainment and film industry which demands fast-paced turnover. By nature, this industry has a lot of uncertainties, and with the process holding back the need for efficiency, Canada certainly becomes a less ideal place to foster growth.
In the province of Quebec, there is also the extra concern of the battle of Anglophone culture and Francophone culture. Unfortunately, the atmosphere is less than welcoming for many international talents, as the widely-used English language is almost frowned upon by the government policies. Many qualified individuals’ simply become incompetent for their French skills despite their professional expertise. And for many local IT companies, they face a tougher battle because they have to dedicate a certain amount of resources to French usage, before they could aim for international growth.
As you can see, the benefit of LMIA is overrated in many industries. In fact, it creates extra obstacles for companies who wish to bring international talents aboard in making Canada a more attractive place for innovation. Although the problems that come along with LMIA were never intended; perhaps, these problems will be the catalyst to create more flexibility in the assessment that promises more growth for Canadian companies.