The Future of skilled labour force in Canada and Atlantic Canada: The role of employers and international students

March 8, 2024

Tony Fang sitting at a desk with his hands folded.

Aging population has posed some labour market challenges in Atlantic Canada that have drawn economic policymakers’ attention. Keynote speaker Dr. Tony Fang, of Memorial University of Newfoundland, spoke about the human capital utilization of immigrants, role of employers and the labour market treatment of international students in Atlantic Canada. This event was hosted by the Atlantic Research Group.

Event documents:

The Future Of Skilled Labor Force In Canada And Atlantic Canada: Attracting and Retaining International Students To Fill The Skills Gap

February 10, 2023.

This one-day event featured two keynote speakers, Dr. Mikal Skuterud of University of Waterloo and Dr. Feng Hou of Statistics Canada. 

Agenda of Future of Skilled Labor Force

Presentations from the day:

Global mobility after the pandemic

September 29, 2021
9:30 AM / ADT via Zoom (See the event recording)
Speaker: Klaus F. Zimmermann, President, Global Labor Organization (GLO)

COVID-19 has challenged the way humanity is organizing global welfare through cooperation and the division of work. Key causes of the spread of the virus have been the conditions of human mobility and exchange. The ultimate solution had been to restrict such mobility. Among the response mechanisms were home-work and internet collaborations.

What are the long term consequences after the end of the pandemic? Will this end globalization? Or cause a faster transition into the future of work? And will the pandemic ever come fully to an end?

This lecture will delve deeper into these above questions. It will work out the importance of migration and mobility for the creation of human welfare and development through the law of the division of work. It will review the experiences with the "Spanish Flu", which early in the 20th century contributed to the end of the largely globalized world existing at the time before World War I. Will history repeat? It will then study the experiences we have so far with the mobility consequences of the pandemic and which innovations are under way dealing with it. The conclusions will speculate about the consequences for the future of migration. 

Webinar: Immigration in Maritime Provinces: New realities, policy challenges posed by the current pandemic and response

Webinar Oct. 29, 2020

This panel comprised policy makers from each Maritime province who discussed current immigration trends (Permanent Residents, Temporary Foreign Workers, International Students, Refugees), challenges posed by the current pandemic, policy adaptation / initiatives to address these challenges. Policy initiatives to attract and retain new immigrants were also discussed as population aging continues to present its own labour market challenges for the region. This panel generated discussion among virtual presenters and audiences which included service provider organizations, university administrators, academicians (faculty and students) and policymakers from across Atlantic Canada (federal and provincial). It also opened up new ideas for researchers in the field of regional immigration.



Atlantic Research Group - Regional Events 2019

Download summary reports of events here:

Immigration & Sustainable Development Conference - Newfoundland and Labrador
January 2019. Report prepared by Kerri Neil

Les immigrantes et les immigrants francophones en Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick
February 25, 2019.

A Community Forum on Immigration, Mobility and Economy
March 15, 2019


The Relative Academic Achievement of International Students - Zoom Webinar

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020

Economics Webinar: The Relative Academic Achievement of International Students: Evidence from an ON University will be presented by Dr. Mikal Skuterud of the Department of Economics, University of Waterloo on Thursday, July 9th, 2:30-4:00 pm via Zoom. Register by emailing: 

Skuterud talk on July 9, 2020


The Relative Academic Achievement of International Students: Evidence from an Ontario University

Mikal Skuterud is a full-time professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Waterloo and is affiliated with the Canadian Labour Economics Forum (CLEF) and the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). He received his PhD in Economics from McMaster University. His research interests include: the labour market integration of immigrants, labour market policies that influence hours of work, and the economics of trade unions. His work has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Canadian Journal of Economics and has received national media coverage in the New York Times and the Globe and Mail.

Presented by: 
Master of Applied Economics (MAE) Program and the Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration Aging and Diversity (ARGEIAD)

Please register (for free) by emailing 

The Relative Academic Achievement of International Students Presentation