A flood of applicants from across the U.S. is flooding Canada’s southern border, with some companies and companies that once relied on Americans to fill vacancies saying they’re losing their ability to do so.
The federal government said Tuesday that it has received nearly 400,000 applications for jobs in Canada and Mexico since Donald Trump took office in January.
It’s the most applications since the start of the Great Recession, when the number of applicants jumped from 1.4 million to 3.9 million.
It’s also the biggest increase since the U and D economies began to recover in 2010.
The U.s. has been a magnet for immigrants, especially in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Many of those who applied for jobs there before Trump came to power said they were discouraged from applying for work because they felt it would be too hard to find work.
The number of jobs posted on Canada’s JobBridge portal has increased more than 10 per cent since Trump took power, and employers have been taking advantage of that, said Joe Sartore, the president and chief executive of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Edmonton.
“This is what they want, but they can’t find the workers,” he said.
Canada has been working with the Trump administration to reduce visa requirements for businesses, and has stepped up security in the border region in the hopes of staving off the flood of new applications.
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Canada said in a statement that it is providing additional training to border guards to ensure they are “aware of their obligations” when it comes to hiring people from the U, D.C., and other countries.
Canada also has been stepping up its enforcement of border security in recent months.
It has stepped in with a new anti-nepotism law, which will be enforced against employers who fail to take steps to protect the rights of people who apply for jobs.
The government also said Tuesday it has issued new visa and work permits to about 1.6 million people who have arrived in Canada, but many of them have been reluctant to apply, with many citing the economic difficulties that many of their relatives and friends face in the U