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The Looming IT labour shortage: Strategies for the future

Employers will face an alarming skills and labour shortage in Canada’s Information and Technology (IT) sector over the next five years, according to a recent study by the Information and Communications Technology Council in partnership with the Information Technology Association of Canada. The study concluded that:

    • Between now and 2016, Canadian businesses in the IT sector will need to hire more than 100,000 IT workers.
    • Demand will be strongest for

– five or more years of experience
– leading-edge skills
– multidisciplinary skills in IT and marketing, operations and HR management

    • IT companies in every region of Canada will experience systemic shortages of IT workers

The study, entitled Outlook for Human Resources in the ICT Labour Market, 2011-2016, argues that Canada must make it easier for internationally educated professionals to enter the Canadian IT workforce.

In this seminar, Ian Kelso, President & CEO of Interactive Ontario, will review the study’s findings and discuss the proposals to address the looming labour shortage in the sector.

Immigration law experts Stephen Green and Evan Green of Green and Spiegel LLP will describe in detail the various immigration and foreign worker programs in Canada that are available to help address the impending skilled IT worker shortage. With more than 40 years of combined experience in the field, Stephen and Evan will take you step by step though the Labour Market Opinion and work permit process. They will provide you with useful strategies and critical information that will help you succeed in bringing internationally educated IT professionals into your Canadian workforce.

Seminar details:

Ontario Investment and Trade Centre
50 Yonge Street, 35th Floor

Monday, June 27, 2011
Registration & Refreshments: 8:00 am
Seminar: 8:30 – 9:30 am
Fee: $25

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