Author Archives: Lena

Resources for Newcomer Entrepreneurs in the GTA

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Did you know that many organizations in the GTA provide free services for newcomer entrepreneurs to help them a start business? Below is a list of some key resources that include courses, workshops, mentoring, tips, tools, information, and funding options. Organization Resources ACCES Employment Entrepreneurship Connections www.accesemployment.ca/index.php/start-a-business-in-canada Program for newcomer entrepreneurs providing individual coaching to start a […]

[Interview] Construction Trades Program: Innovative Partnership for Refugee Employment

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LiUNA! Local 506 serves a diverse group of over 8,000 workers in the construction and industrial sectors. It considers itself one of the most multicultural unions in North America. After joining the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable in late 2015, it was clear that LiUNA! could respond to employment needs to Syrian newcomers, while meeting growing labour […]

World Refugee Day: Employer Champions Investing in Refugee Talent

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The Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable brought together representatives from different sectors in the Greater Toronto Area – business, government and non-profit organizations – all focusing on identifying employment opportunities for Syrian newcomers and matching their talent to the needs of employers. On World Refugee Day, employer champions from the Roundtable are sharing their success in recruiting, […]

Employers Taking Action: Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda

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“I’m in Canada – next step is to find a job”- Wael Haddad, Lending Service Officer, Scotiabank, arrived as a Syrian refugee in January 2016 In a competitive job market and being new to Canada, many Syrian refugees, like other skilled newcomer professionals, find it difficult to secure a good job and connect to employers […]

Ottawa pilots ‘name-blind’ recruitment to reduce ‘unconscious bias’ in hiring

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By Nicholas Keung, Immigration Reporter This story originally appeared in the The Toronto Star Six federal ministries and departments will remove information revealing an applicant’s race and ethnicity from the application and resume to stop hiring biases against minority candidates. Ottawa has launched a pilot project to reduce biases in the hiring of federal civil […]

Metropolis Conference 2017: Workshop Highlights

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On March 16-18th 2017, the City of Montreal hosted the 19th National Metropolis Conference, the annual forum for researchers, policy makers, and representatives from community and settlement organizations to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement. This year’s theme, Looking Forward: Migration and Mobility in 2017 and Beyond, included […]

Asian job seekers face disadvantage even when they have higher degrees, study finds

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Job candidates with Asian names and Canadian qualifications are less likely to be called for interviews than their counterparts with Anglo-Canadian names even when they have a better education, a new study has found. Using data from a recent large-scale Canadian employment study that examined interview callback rates for resumés with Asian and Anglo names, researchers found […]

Rural Ontario looks to immigrants as jobs go unfilled

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Ryan Flanagan, CTV What appeal could quiet, rural Wellington County possibly hold for people from foreign countries? That’s what Tom Lusis thought when he walked into a job fair for new Canadians earlier this year. Like other rural parts of the province, they’ve been grappling with a problem unfamiliar elsewhere – very few people in […]

Why Are Immigrants More Entrepreneurial?

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Peter Vandor and Nikolaus Franke, Harvard Business Review What do Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post), Dietrich Mateschitz (Red Bull), Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX), and Sergey Brin (Google) have in common? Apart from their success as entrepreneurs, they all share one distinct characteristic: extensive cross-cultural experience. Their stories are prominent examples of a widespread pattern. In the […]

50 per cent immigration boost makes ‘complete sense,’ says expert

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By Monique Scotti, Global News The Canadian government should be bringing in more skilled immigrants if it hopes to grow the economy in the coming decades, a new report suggests, and at least one expert says that strategy makes “complete sense.” Canada definitely has the capacity to welcome 50 per cent more new arrivals in […]