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Moving in the right direction? Labour mobility, labour shortage and Canada’s human potential

It is a historic time for Canadian labour markets. Interprovincial labour mobility is higher than ever before in the history of this country. This mass movement of Canadians between provinces and territories is just one highly visible and early indicator of an even more historic national trend, a tightening labour market. This demographic phenomenon will present massive challenges and opportunities to Canada as it will to other developed countries. At this pivotal moment in history, policymakers have an opportunity to anticipate and influence the labour market in order to realize optimal outcomes for all Canadians. What is required is a Human Potential Strategy for Canada. This paper reviews one labour market input in great depth, interprovincial labour mobility, and then goes on to discuss broader labour market trends and concerns. Finally, the authors present specific recommendations for action that require the attention of government leaders in the immediate future.