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20 July 2006

Canadian construction industry lobbies for immigration changes

The Ottawa Business Journal is reporting that Canada's construction industry is urging the Harper government to make it easier for foreign construction workers to enter and work in Canada

The Canadian Construction Association says the industry is facing unprecedented demand for labour, and will need an estimated 41,000 new workers to meet demand between now and 2010.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the CCA suggests:

"Although aggressive efforts by all industry players must continue in order to recruit Canadians to the construction industry, the fact remains that immigration policy must play a bigger role in meeting future labour demand," CCA president Michael Atkinson said in a statement.

The association is also urging provincial and territorial leaders to discuss the issue of targeted immigration reform for the construction sector at their meeting later this month.

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