But this is a global phenomenon that occurred due to digital acceleration. The “Talent Shortage” study by the recruitment firm Manpower Group reveals that in Mexico 64% of employers cannot find the talent they need when they need it, and worldwide the percentage is 67%.
Another factor that fuels the labor gap is that talent does not live in the areas where there are vacancies. And a third reason is that Canada is ‘getting old’, as more and more retire baby boomers, but they are leaving their position empty. This places Canada as an alternative to work and put down roots, although to achieve this you have to consider the challenges and not just the benefits.
Living as an immigrant in an English-speaking country
Emma Campo, director of Business Development for Latin America at the education firm Pearson, believes that the main barriers an immigrant has in Canadian territory are the climate, adaptation to the culture, but above all the language.
For a Mexican who wishes to arrive in that country, it is no exception. In Education First’s English Proficiency Index, Mexico ranks penultimate in Latin America, despite the fact that people at advanced levels can earn up to 20% more salary. The average level of the Mexican population is basic.
The advantage that Canada has, says Campo, is that it is making migration rules more flexible because they are aware that they need to attract talent, they even give permission to people who have an A2 level of English with the possibility of perfecting the language and improving their opportunities. labor. Also, Mexicans who go to Canada do so in a more organized way compared to the United States.
“There may be more than 11 million Mexicans in the United States, but not necessarily all of them are regulated,” he mentions. “When you want to migrate to a first world country like Canada, you want to do it in the best possible conditions and that allow you to have a better lifestyle and growth.”
Pearson was recently appointed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to launch the PTE Essential language test as the English language proficiency test for citizenship or permanent residency in Canada. Canada.
It is an exam designed for everyday life, less academic and meets the IRCC requirements. Campo details that the test will be available from September of this year.
Another advantage is that Mexicans no longer need a visa to enter as tourists, but an invitation letter. There is the option of migrating as a higher level student, although the interested person must have 12,000 Canadian dollars (162,480 pesos) in a bank account, and 4,000 more for each additional person (54,160 pesos), since it is a guarantee that they can afford at least the first year of studies.
You can also migrate as a worker. Both options with a special permit and with the possibility of obtaining permanent residence. “Either of the two is feasible. As a student, if you have the economic conditions, the visa process is done very quickly. As an employee, there are very specific areas with a large number of vacancies. If it were another English-speaking country, the best way to get there would be education. Today, the conditions in Canada are an opportunity for Mexico and you don’t necessarily have to get there by studying,” he says.