Upcoming Webinar: Refugees Jobs Agenda – Entrepreneurship Offers Employment Pathways (Employer Webinar)July 20, 2017
Register to learn how models in Toronto and New York are meeting the needs of newcomer entrepreneurs through breaking down barriers and using innovative solutions to jump start business success for newcomers.
For RBC, Refugees are an Untapped Talent Pool and Strategic Advantage (Employer Success Story)June 20, 2017
RBC moves from understanding to action and looks to community organizations to build trust with refugee communities to engage in workforce planning and hiring diverse.
Refugees Jobs Agenda: Rethinking Employer Role & Leadership (Employer Webinar)June 6, 2017
Listen to this webinar to learn how organizations have met growing labour and skills shortages through programs aimed to actively recruit and integrate refugee talent into the workforce.
Refugees Jobs Agenda: Kick-Starting Employer Action (Employer Webinar)June 1, 2017
Watch this webinar to learn more about the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable after its first year: getting started, who was at the table, practical strategies for refugee employment and how to strengthen private sector engagement in the global refugee crisis.
Employers Taking Action: Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda (News Story)April 26, 2017
The Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda first convened in December 2015 to address employment challenges for Syrian newcomers. After a year since the roundtable of committed employers, service providers and government members first convened, read more about our early outcomes, and the experience of one Syrian newcomer.
Talent Has No Boundaries: Private Sector Looks to Syrian Refugees for Labour Market Needs (Employer Webinar)January 13, 2017
In this webinar, Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB) and the Construction Foundation of British Columbia (CFBC) will share with us their unique partnership model that provides a new talent pipeline that meets business needs, and strengthens private sector engagement in the global refugee crisis.
Refugees don’t want handouts: they want jobs (News Story)August 25, 2016
Job creation in refugee camps isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity.
“We were looking for talent anyway; why don’t we consider hiring people from Syria?”
Canada’s commitment to welcome Syrian refugee families, provides an opportunity to add new life into the farming sector.
For English-speaking refugees, the IT sector can offer a shortcut into the labour market as many offices work internationally and don’t require employees to speak German.
Germany’s largest companies aren’t hiring refugees that lack training or education, but small and medium-sized companies that make up the German economy are.
Australian entrepreneurs develop platform to help skilled refugees get experience in their preferred sector and companies benefit from their innovative thinking.
Syrian refugees benefit from driving test in Arabic (News Story)July 4, 2016
New Brunswick allows Arabic translators on road test to help ease transition for newcomers to province.
Mohammed Fakih is welcoming Syrian refugees the best way he knows how: by hiring them at Paramount Fine Foods restaurants across Ontario.
Idea We’re Watching: “Project Ahlan” has Australian Restaurants Readying to Welcome Syrian Refugees (Employer Success Story)May 31, 2016
The owners of Almond Bar restaurant are partnering up with local chefs, restaurant owners, and immigrant serving agencies in Sydney, Australia, to welcome Syrian newcomers with training and job opportunities.
Syrian refugees in Fredericton launched their very own business just months after arriving in Canada.
Investing one euro in welcoming refugees can yield nearly two euros in economic benefits within five years.
A factory in Montreal employs immigrants from conflict zones around the world. They earn money for their families but also learn life skills and are paid to take French lessons.
Business is going well at Germany’s SMEs. But a shortage of qualified workers presents a serious cloud on the horizon. Could the current refugee influx prove the silver lining?
Syrian refugees are arriving in Canada and many will be quickly looking for work. These resources are for refugees and those looking to support them in their job search.
There’s a buzzing economy within refugee settlement camps, say Oxford researchers.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is offering to hire Syrian refugees to fill vacant jobs at two of its meat plants.
RBC provides $2.5 million in support of Syrian refugees and other newcomers arriving in Canada (News Story)December 23, 2015
The funds will be used towards settlement, skills development, and employment readiness to assist in achieving successful social and economic integration.
Just Working Construction provides on-the-job training and support to Canadian newcomers
A Refugee Council baking project is giving its students the skills and confidence needed to find work in the UK.
Vancity Credit Union is offering interest-free seven-year loans to its members who are upgrading their homes to house Syrian refugees.
Want to Get Richer? Accept Refugees (News Story)December 1, 2015
A new Bloomberg survey of economists predicts that Germany, the biggest recipient of Syrian asylum seekers in the Western world, will get a 0.2 percent boost to its economic output next year if it takes in 800,000 refugees in 2015; that would be 12.5 percent of Germany’s expected 2016 growth.
Europeans worry that the asylum-seekers who have flooded the continent this year will struggle to integrate and find work. A Vienna hotel is showing that newcomers can succeed.
Wind Mobile is teaming up with a local group to assist Syrian refugee families in their transition to life in Canada with free cell phones and service.
While affordable tuition for undocumented immigrants is a remote prospect in some parts of the United States, about 60 German universities are pushing forward a radical strategy: They are offering refugees the chance to attend courses as guest students, without charging any tuition fees.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada honours Safeway Operations, Sobeys Inc. for leadership role in hiring refugees (News Story)July 3, 2015
Safeway Operations, Sobeys Inc. is being recognized for its leadership role in improving the employment outcomes of refugees in the City of Calgary.
Refugees (Page)April 10, 2015
Create a system to link refugees who are ready to work, with businesses that are currently using the Temporary Foreign Worker program to fill permanent jobs.
Employer champions from the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable are sharing their success in recruiting, hiring and benefiting from the Syrian refugee talent on their teams.
Scotiabank – Understanding Your Customers from the Inside Out (Employer Success Story)June 20, 2017
Scotiabank welcomes refugee talent and offers its employees opportunities to build and learn leadership and coaching skills. Working and supporting diverse new clients and employees is part of the banks corporate culture and there is no downside.
Starbucks and the First One Thousand (Employer Success Story)June 20, 2017
Starbucks wants to create opportunities for job ready candidates and will use their tried, tested and true ‘high touch’ approach to have a positive impact.
[Interview] Construction Trades Program: Innovative Partnership for Refugee Employment (Employer Success Story)June 20, 2017
LiUNA! Local 506 serves a diverse group, and considers itself one of the most multicultural unions in North America. The Syrian refugee population represented an untapped talent pool, and LiUNA! responded to their specific needs through an innovative partnership with ACCES Employment to create a program that would meet labour market demands, while providing a pathway to employment for Syrian refugees.
BDC Internships: Breaking Down the Barriers to Refugee Employment (Employer Success Story)June 20, 2017
Delivering on their commitment to diversity as a strategic imperative, BDC has created job opportunities for former refugees and new learning opportunities for staff: recognizing refugees as talent first, and refugees second.
At this year’s Metropolis Conference, Looking Forward: Migration and Mobility in 2017 and Beyond, Hire Immigrants hosted a workshop, Disrupting the Hiring Bias: The Role of the Private, Public and Nonprofit Sector, focusing on immigrant employment as a priority involving three key stakeholders: public sector, private sector, and the nonprofit sector. Read more about our session highlights.
Canada welcomes highly-skilled and qualified immigrants each year; to fully realize the benefit of highly-skilled immigrants, employers often require support to appreciate the qualifications that newcomers bring from abroad. Read this interview with WES to learn more about its services, and how they support employers assess candidates.
Siemens and the City of Erlangen Tap Refugee Talent with Internship Program, Training both Newcomers and their Colleagues (Employer Success Story)March 10, 2017
Engineering multinational Siemens piloted a training program for asylum seekers in a small German town. A triple win program, the initiative is being scaled from 10 to 100 placements across Germany.
Construction Union Trains and Tests in Native Language (Employer Success Story)November 8, 2016
The construction industry in Canada is a significant economic driver, accounting for 9% of Canada’s GDP. Future labour demands are high and immigrants are important.
Maple Leaf Foods Connects to Recruit Newcomers (Employer Success Story)November 8, 2016
Maple Leaf Foods gives workers the tools and supports they need to do their job. Offering on-site English language classes is one way to welcome their newcomer employees.
How do we enable safe, legal pathways to meet the mobility demand? How do we enable refugees to be productive, contributing members of their new communities upon arrival?
Our Immigrants, Our Strength (News Story)September 20, 2016
Investing in the integration of refugees and immigrants is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do.
Just because a job doesn’t require a university degree doesn’t mean the people who do it aren’t bringing value to the Canadian economy.
The EU needs to view the refugee crisis as an opportunity.
These three women are set to open a community-funded catering company called Karam Kitchen.
White House Launches a Call to Action for Private Sector Engagement on the Global Refugee Crisis (Article)August 22, 2016
On September 20, 2016, US President Barack Obama will host a Leaders’ Summit on Refugees at the United Nations.
Syrian refugee is set to be one of 11 vendors at the first Fairbairn Food Festival in Wakefield.
Finland based NGO Startup Refugees is offering asylum seekers the support necessary to launch their startups.
Onboarding newcomers is about more than banking at RBC Royal Bank (Employer Success Story)August 2, 2016
Arabic-speaking staff at RBC’s Moncton branch began as critical resources introducing Syrian families to Canadian banking. But as Kirk Dudtschak writes, the staff’s roles quickly extended far beyond and into the community, to onboarding the newcomers to life in Canada.
A coordinated response would contribute in ways that benefit businesses, refugees, and host societies alike.
Employer Guide to Hiring Newcomers: Information & Resources (Employer Report)June 17, 2016
Canada is welcoming thousands of Syrian refugees who are job-ready and looking for their first Canadian employment opportunity. This guide provides a glimpse into their skills and educational background as well as practical tips and easy-to-use resources to help employers […]
Interview with Nomz CEO Jana Al Zaibak on Hiring a Refugee Workforce (Employer Success Story)May 31, 2016
Based in Toronto, Canada, Nomz is a rapidly expanding business, selling nutritious and delicious snacks. Hire Immigrants spoke to founder Jana Al Zaibak about her experience leveraging refugee talent.
Refugee Talent Pipeline Fills Positions at Nomz (Employer Success Story)May 31, 2016
Entrepreneur Jana Al Zaibak credits her employees with her business success. They’re driven, contribute their expertise and ideas, and are passionate about their work. Another thing they have in common? They’re all refugees.
Mock Interviews by Cinnzeo Bakeries a Way to Support Newcomers and Source Talent (Employer Success Story)May 27, 2016
Some companies find it challenging to source immigrant talent. Not Cinnzeo Bakeries. The Calgary-based retailer of cinnamon buns meets directly with job candidates through volunteerism, an approach that supports job seekers and the company’s recruitment needs.
The Code to Refugee Employment (News Story)February 5, 2016
Leave it to the high-tech startup community to tackle the issue of refugee employment in new, innovative ways.
The Conference Board of Canada presents Canadian Immigration Summit 2016: Creating Tomorrow’s Immigration System (News Story)February 4, 2016
Hire Immigrants and The Conference Board of Canada would like to invite you to attend the Canadian Immigration Summit 2016 on April 4-5, 2016 in Ottawa at a reduced price!
A guide for business to tap refugee talent and improve ways to source, hire, onboard and train refugees.
The Secret of Immigrant Genius (News Story)January 27, 2016
Having your world turned upside down sparks creative thinking.
Palliser Builds a Workforce alongside its Furniture (Employer Success Story)January 15, 2016
With a long history in immigrant employment, Palliser has key lessons for employers seeking to become more immigrant and diversity confident. From renewed hiring practice, to on-the-job training, to leadership from the top.
A Canadian CEO and entrepreneur donates $1 million to resettle 50 Syrian families, and is approaching the task as he would any business problem.
In 1978, Christopher Nguyen escaped Vietnam on a refugee boat. Today, he’s the founder of Adatao, a red-hot big-data startup. Here’s how he got from there to here.
Finding themselves filling a non-traditional role, companies are responding with innovative ways to support newcomers.
As Europe’s refugee crisis continues to evolve, offers of assistance have been complemented by a broad-based response from the business community, writes migration expert Khalid Koser. This mobilization highlights not only the role that the private sector can play in managing migration, but also the importance of extending this engagement beyond the response to the immediate crisis.
A London bakery offers refugee women a way into work (News Story)October 27, 2015
Charities team up with local business to generate jobs for newcomer refugees
How can we solve the global refugee crisis? (News Story)July 7, 2015
Could multinational corporations hold the key to solving the world’s refugee crisis?
A White House task force on immigration released an “initial strategic plan” last week to help strengthen existing pathways to naturalization and promote entrepreneurial growth.
Ten Ideas to Celebrate Diversity (Article)June 25, 2014
Steps to create a more inclusive workplace.
Province is taking steps to strengthen its role in immigrant selection by introducing legislation that would, if passed, help meet the province’s future labour market needs and support economic growth.
Canada is set to launch its “Express of Interest System” to let employers pick skilled immigrants from a pool of pre-screened candidates.
People with Jobs – Jobs with People (Article)May 2, 2013
In this commentary, Ratna Omidvar, comments on how the changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program presents an opportunity and a challenge for all stakeholders involved in immigrant employment.
The number of temporary foreign workers living in Canada has tripled over the past decade. The recent federal budget signals that the government is reconsidering how the temporary foreign worker program works.
2012 was an exceptionally busy year in the Canadian immigration system. Two of the top ten stories of the year included the selection of economic class immigrants and a number of changes making it easier for employers to bring temporary foreign workers to Canada.
Alan Broadbent and Ratna Omidvar on why they think Canada are leaders in immigration including how immigrants achieve long-term success.
Ottawa to Create Skilled Immigrant Pool, Provinces Would Select Applicants Based on Labour Needs (News Story)November 18, 2012
Ottawa has reached a consensus with the provinces to establish a pool of skilled-worker candidates by the end of 2014 that will allow employers to cherry-pick potential immigrants to fill regional labour shortages.
A free online learning tool details the different immigrant categories and helps employers determine if they can legally hire a newcomer.
Vital to attract skilled immigrants (News Story)February 17, 2012
While immigration will continue to play a large role in boosting Canada’s economy, it is particularly important to put an emphasis on accepting skilled immigrants, who tend to be the most successful once in Canada.
Knocking Down Barriers Faced by New Immigrants to Canada (Employer Report)February 7, 2012
Immigration selection should focus on both short-term and long-term labour market needs while settlement services should be co-ordinated to boost the workforce integration of immigrants and ensure Canada’s long-term prosperity, states this TD report.
Immigrants Bring Wealth of Work Skills (News Story)January 18, 2012
Manitoba has welcomed 900 African provincial nominee immigrants in the past 4 years, many of whom work at Maple Leaf Foods in Brandon.
Quick Facts (Article)August 8, 2011
When making the case for hiring and integrating skilled immigrants, it helps to have facts and figures to back up your argument. Use these statistics to help make your case to the decision makers in your organization.
Return and Onward Migration Among Working Age Men (Employer Report)March 2, 2006
One-third of working age immigrant men leave within 20 years of arrival, with the majority leaving within one year.