Jobs are the thing

I am sitting in a session with 12 immigrants (blogging in real time). They love it here but the key is the job. Spouses can’t find jobs. Others are underemployed. But they all say that if there were good career jobs here (and companies would hire them), they would stay and love it.

They like just about everything about Atlantic Canada – except the lack of job opportunities.

Don’t put the cart in front of the horse on immigration. If you build it (i.e good companies with good jobs) and they will come. Don’t sell smoke and mirrors. And if you need workers in lower wage service industries, don’t attract skilled people to work low paying jobs. Attract people for whom those jobs would be a step up.

There’s Israelis, a Hungarian, Brits, an Indian, a Peruvian and a couple of Americans.

Fun stuff.