Poor employment outcomes for skilled immigrants have long been a problem in Canada. Despite efforts to better integrate new immigrants into Canada’s labour market, they continue to experience higher levels of unemployment and under-employment.
Governments can “broker success” in the job market for newcomers by:
- Developing incentives to encourage businesses to adopt competency-based hiring practices;
- Using existing channels such as business licensing or other “touch points” with businesses to engage them on diversity initiatives; and
- Creating mechanisms for employers to provide feedback directly to government about which employment programs work well for hiring.
Learn more about these ideas in a recent Mowat Centre report/webinar on how increased government-employer engagement can help skilled immigrants find employment.