Re: “Migrant rights advocates bristle at calls to fill labour shortage in construction with temporary foreign workers,” (The Hill Times, Nov. 21). Your Nov. 22 article takes issue with the Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) call for significant changes to Canada’s immigration system to help address labour shortages. It cites the CCA’s Nov. 14 statement and highlights one part of a three-part call for changes while ignoring the meat of the statement: the need to remove bias in the immigration point system and award more points to applicants with experience in trades or as construction labourers so that Canada can once again open its doors wide to the builders that we need. This, by the way, is the very same change that the migrant rights group and NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan say is needed later in the article. In a balanced article, that point would have been made. Instead, what we got was an inflammatory lede that implies our members are looking for changes so that they can better exploit migrant workers. Really? The article also allows space for questioning of the CCA’s data on labour shortages, citing “changing house prices and unpredictable weather” as factors that might affect the need for labour. Neither CCA’s data nor its membership pertain to residential construction. A glance at our website would show that the Canadian Construction Association gives voice to the public policy, legal and standards development goals of contractors, suppliers and allied business professionals working in, or with, Canada’s institutional, commercial, and industrial construction industry. The data cited in the article is conservative and based on immediate need. BuildForce Canada forecasts that the industry will need to add more than 113,000 workers by 2027 to meet the demand for non-residential construction. This means that essential construction projects—schools, hospitals, power generation, roads, bridges, and trade corridors that connect our communities not only to each other, but also to the global marketplace—may be delayed or stopped if Canada does not move swiftly to address needed changes to immigration policy. And yes, part of the immediate solution may need to be updating the Temporary Foreign Worker program to allow seamless access for the construction industry. Because, just as we cannot create skilled tradespeople overnight, the needed overhauls to our system will take time. But positioning our industry as the antagonist to immigrants, when what we are actually advocating for are policies that better recognize and utilize their skills and experience and welcome them to Canada? That’s just not fair ball. Finally, the original article stated that “the Canadian Construction Association did not respond to a request from The Hill Times.” The fact is that when the reporter reached out for comment it was offered within the hour, but was not taken up. Mary Van Buren President of the Canadian Construction Association Ottawa, Ont.