Website undertaken with financial support from
the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
The Mapping Migration from the Americas project provides information about the spatial distribution of foreign workers in Canada from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region allowing users to analyze the relationship between migration flows and development impacts. Mapping Migration from the Americas was launched in 2008 by the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) and will include a map of Canada and eventually regional maps of Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.
Labour flows from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to Canada are rising for several reasons, including labour shortages, an aging population and heightened growth in numerous occupational sectors in Canada. In 2008, Canada attracted 193,000 temporary foreign workers representing a significant increase over the past 10 years in both skilled and lesser skilled occupations. While many of these workers come from traditionally important migrant-sending countries such as Mexico and Jamaica, an increased number of workers are coming from Central America (i.e. El Salvador and Guatemala) and South America (i.e. Colombia). In this context, there is an urgent need to generate informed research and analysis to better understand the nature and changing patterns of temporary foreign worker migration flows to Canada from the LAC region.