by David Perry
Originally published: July 21, 2016
Any doubts about the critical role that immigrants will play in Nova Scotia’s future economic growth will be quickly quelled in a conversation with Paul Pickering. He’s the workplace culture coordinator for the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS).
“Demographically, Nova Scotia is in big trouble. We’re looking at a workforce that’s projected to shrink by 15 per cent over the next 20 years. This is not a five-year blip — this is a long term, potentially devastating problem. Even if we bring every group in Nova Scotia up to full employment, we’re still at a deficit. We need to be looking at any underemployed population which certainly includes bringing in more immigrants.”
Doing so requires that we confront some lingering negative presumptions about immigration, chief of which is the belief that immigrants take jobs from locals.