New Brunswick Economic Growth

New Brunswick Economic Growth

Podcast: Jim Irving On Why We Need Immigration To Grow The Economy

Apr 22, 2021

by Huddle Staff

J.D. Irving, Ltd. is among the largest employers across Atlantic Canada and in recent years has been struggling to recruit staff particularly into specific occupations such as truckers and forestry workers. They have started to recruit immigrants as part of their overall human resources development plan.

In this week’s episode of the Huddle “Insights” podcast, David Campbell and Don Mills sit down with Co-CEO Jim Irving to talk about the company’s immigration attraction activities and to get his insight into how we can better attract and retain newcomers to our region. Instead of just complaining about the growing shortage of workers, Jim Irving believes the private sector should work closely with the government to develop solutions.

Jim says new immigrants will stay if they can find work and are embraced by the broader community.

Jim also says immigration must be part of a larger effort to grow the population, which will help companies grow the economy.

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