Ottawa needs to hire more staff and invest in better tech to process immigration applications because delays in getting skilled workers into the country are hurting Canadian businesses, says a think tank specializing in labour mobility.

"Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) should resume normal staffing levels, as we understand that there was a substantial number of employees who were unable to work during the summer of 2020," recommends the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC).

In its latest report, 'The Impact of Processing Delays of Work Permits and Immigration Visas on Canadian Employers', the organization claims the IRCC's processing and review teams should be expanded to meet Canadian economic demands and a growing backlog in applications.

"While it appears the government is making efforts to tackle processing times for initial applications, this has not been uniform throughout the system," the report states.

"Applications filed in late October/early November 2020 have been processed, while applications filed before that time have yet to be processed. It is unclear why earlier applications remain backlogged."

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