The Manitoba government has launched an engagement effort aimed at addressing the province's labour shortage through immigration.

Manitobans are being invited to provide feedback on how immigration could help address labour shortages in order for government to better understand their views on this important topic, Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes announced today.

“Our government recognizes the staffing challenges facing employers, so finding the best ways to tap into the skills and experience that many newcomers have to offer to address the current labour shortage has the potential to lead to a stronger workforce for all Manitobans,” said Reyes. “As we continue to develop a full continuum of immigration programs and services, we value the ideas, advice and experiences of others in shaping immigration policies that produce the greatest benefit for all concerned. I encourage all Manitobans to share their ideas via this public engagement survey to help inform this important aspect of public policy.”

The Manitoba Immigration Advisory Council (MIAC), co-chaired by Reyes and Lloyd Axworthy, includes 20 members with expertise related to immigration services, governance, economic development, project management and community integration. It represents front-line immigration service providers, ethnocultural community leaders and organizations, and members of Manitoba’s business, industry and academic communities. It also has urban, regional and francophone representation.

During the past several months, the council held town halls across the province, listening to Manitobans offer thoughts on:

improving immigration programs and policies;
improving the responsiveness of programs to address labour market shortages and needs; and
ensuring programs and services support newcomers to the province to strengthen the economy for all.
The public engagement survey provides another opportunity to share insights and hear from the public, the minister noted.

Click here to participate in the engagement process, The deadline for feedback is Sept. 30.