Road To Recovery: The role of immigration in pandemic recovery


In this week’s segment of Road to Recovery with Douglas Magazine, CHEK’s Hannah Lepine chats with Karen Hira, the executive director of the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre.

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed some of the strengths of Canada’s immigration system, but it also revealed some of the weaknesses that have been developing over the last few years.

With businesses from all sectors struggling to find staff, the need for immigrant workers has greatly increased. But, during the pandemic there was a significant plunge of 45 per cent in immigration, in comparison to 2019 and 2020, meaning finding workers could be a challenge.

In this episode, Hira talks about how things have changed through the pandemic and how the works they’re doing at the VIRCS supports the Island’s economic growth.

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