Business Owner

Business Owner

This section has articles, success stories, videos and other resources that speak to your particular interests and needs as a business owner when it comes to recruiting, retaining and promoting skilled immigrants.

Refugees Jobs Agenda: Kick-Starting Employer Action (Employer Webinar)

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.

Employer Video Series: Hiring Skilled Immigrants (Employer Video)

We asked a number of successful employers, including KPMG Canada, Deloitte Canada and Trinity Tech Inc., about the benefits of hiring skilled immigrants. Watch this series of employer videos to learn more about how these employers have experienced the value skilled immigrants contribute to their team, the solutions for overcoming obstacles and the practices for effectively hiring skilled immigrants.

This Is Why Diversity Is Good For Business (Article)

The business case for diversity is compelling. Having different opinions at the table is critical for innovation in the information age. So how can businesses foster diversity?

Asian job seekers face disadvantage even when they have higher degrees, study finds (News Story)

Canadian study found job applicants with Asian names and a master’s degree got fewer interview requests than counterparts with Anglo-Canadian names and only a bachelor’s degree.

Why Are Immigrants More Entrepreneurial? (News Story)

Interacting with two or more cultural contexts can help immigrants combine diverse ideas, solutions, and customer problems in order to create something entirely new.

Rural Ontario looks to immigrants as jobs go unfilled (News Story)

What appeal could quiet, rural Wellington County possibly hold for people from foreign countries?

From Idea to Business: Basic First Steps for Successful Entrepreneurship (Employer Webinar)

Whether recently arrived or in Canada for many years, knowing how to move your idea into a successful business is important for continued growth and long-term success.

Maple Leaf Foods Connects to Recruit Newcomers (Employer Success Story)

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.

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Cross-Cultural Team Building and Diversity in the Workplace (Employer Webinar)

Join Hire Immigrants and the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) for a conversation with Marie Bountrogianni, Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University, moderated by Ryan Montpellier, Executive Director of MiHR, on how to leverage and successfully build effective cross-cultural teams for your workplace.

What Comes First — Language or Work? (Employer Webinar)

Bias, whether conscious or unconscious, favours certain people in the hiring process based on superficial characteristics like name and place of education that have nothing to do with their talent or potential. This webinar will dive deeper to understand how and why this form of discrimination occurs. It will look at practical solutions being tested in the workplace to disrupt hiring bias. Join us on October 27 with guest speakers Phil Oreopoulos of the University of Toronto and Heidi Walker of GapJumpers.

A Page for Immigrant Diversity from the Gender Diversity Handbook? Lloyds Sets Diversity Rules for Top Job Shortlists (Employer Success Story)

Lloyds Banking Group announced earlier this year that candidate shortlists for high-level bank positions will not be considered if they don’t meet new gender criteria. It’s not difficult to imagine a similar strategy in place to meet other diversity types, like immigrant and visible minority diversity.

Canada faces big questions about the future of immigration (News Story)

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.

Should you change your name to get a job? (News Story)

The extreme measures some people take to fight hiring bias might surprise you. But some say it’s the only way.

Intel’s fixing its diversity problem by doing more than just hiring (News Story)

“We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of our society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are brought to bear to overcome our greatest challenges.”

6 charts which show the employment barriers faced by British Muslims (News Story)

Unemployment rates among Muslims are more than double that of any other community in the UK.

Why Subtle Bias Is So Often Worse than Blatant Discrimination (News Story)

Subtle bias is more dangerous , stressful and common than overt discrimination. The negative effects build and accumulate at a rapid pace.

We Just Can’t Handle Diversity (News Story)

Diversity improves performance, and people who apply themselves and do good work should be treated fairly.

Meet the immigrant CEO welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada with jobs (News Story)

Mohammed Fakih is welcoming Syrian refugees the best way he knows how: by hiring them at Paramount Fine Foods restaurants across Ontario.

Interview with Nomz CEO Jana Al Zaibak on Hiring a Refugee Workforce (Employer Success Story)

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)

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.

Idea We’re Watching: “Project Ahlan” has Australian Restaurants Readying to Welcome Syrian Refugees (Employer Success Story)

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 launch own food business months after coming to Canada (News Story)

Syrian refugees in Fredericton launched their very own business just months after arriving in Canada.

Mock Interviews by Cinnzeo Bakeries a Way to Support Newcomers and Source Talent (Employer Success Story)

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.

Supplier Diversity Forum (video) for small business hosted by RBC Royal Bank and Hire Immigrants (Employer Video)

Learn about supplier diversity and how becoming a certified diverse supplier can help your company win business.

Procurement Mentorships: RBC Royal Bank Mentors Diverse Suppliers (Employer Success Story)

Through a supplier diversity strategy that includes a procurement mentorship program, RBC is sourcing from a larger supplier base, providing value to business clients and changing Canada’s supplier landscape.

Legal Basics for Your Business (Employer Webinar)

Talking to a lawyer is a core first step for newcomer entrepreneurs to learn about the legal basics for businesses in Canada. Join the Legal Basics for Your Business webinar and learn from two experts in legal and business planning to help you start your business right.

Innovation Driver: Making the Business Case for Diversity (News Story)

Companies have a bottom-line incentive to promote policies that encourage diversity—increasingly seen as a tool to spur innovation.

Montreal Factory Gives Syrian Refugees Jobs, Tips To Integrate (News Story)

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.

Diversity Policies Rarely Make Companies Fairer (News Story)

Are diversity policies working? In terms of increasing demographic diversity, the answer appears to be not really. Effective policies require well-crafted messages and accountability.

Palliser Builds a Workforce alongside its Furniture (Employer Success Story)

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.

“The World Needs to See Leadership” says Guelph CEO and Refugee Champion (Article)

A Canadian CEO and entrepreneur donates $1 million to resettle 50 Syrian families, and is approaching the task as he would any business problem.

Diversity at work: hiring ‘the best person for the job’ isn’t enough (News Story)

Unconscious bias and a tendency to hire in their own image can lead managers to bring in the wrong candidate for their team

Diversity Makes You Brighter (News Story)

By disrupting conformity, racial and ethnic diversity prompts people to scrutinize facts, think more deeply and develop their own opinions. Research shows that such diversity actually benefits everyone, minorities and majority alike.

Vancity to offer interest-free loans for upgrades to house Syrian refugees (News Story)

Vancity Credit Union is offering interest-free seven-year loans to its members who are upgrading their homes to house Syrian refugees.

Diversity: It’s good for your brain (News Story)

Why the trouble embracing diversity? People who don’t “fit in” mess with the mind’s model of how the world works, and if there’s one thing we’ve gleaned from 100 years of psychological science, it’s that the mind hates uncertainty, writes Richard Crisp.

Discrimination on the Training Market: Extent, Causes and Recommended Actions (Employer Report)

Bias in hiring is a problem without borders. In Germany’s job market, candidates with a German name have to submit an average of five applications while a fellow applicant with a Turkish name has to send seven.

Want to Get Richer? Accept Refugees (News Story)

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.

Vienna Hotel Run By Refugees Integrates Newcomers Into Europe’s Workforce (News Story)

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 offering free phones, service to Syrian refugees (News Story)

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.

Employers of Influence: Winners of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition for 2016 are announced (News Story)

Canada’s Top 100 Employers collectively employ almost three-quarters of a million Canadians, but their influence on the nation’s employment practices and working conditions extends far beyond.

No names, no bias? (News Story)

Ten big employers in the public and private sectors—including the civil service, HSBC and Deloitte—have agreed to start recruiting on a “name-blind” basis in Britain. But do they work?

“Diversity and Entrepreneurship” Keynote Speech (video) by Kirk Dudtschak, RBC Royal Bank (Employer Video)

Kirk Dudtschak, Executive Vice President of Personal & Commercial Banking at RBC Royal Bank, examines the links between diversity and entrepreneurship.

What business leaders are doing about the refugee crisis (News Story)

Finding themselves filling a non-traditional role, companies are responding with innovative ways to support newcomers.

Guelph businessman funds 50 Syrian refugee families (News Story)

Guelph entrepreneur Jim Estill is donating money to sponsor 50 Syrian refugee families expected to begin arriving in Guelph over the next two months. His financial sponsorship could reach $1.5 million.

New Migration Council with corporate heavyweights to fight for a bigger Australia (Article)

Business takes a leadership role in the newly formed Migration Council of Australia. The organisation seeks to build a bridge between those with an economic interest in a big Australia, and those with a social interest in a fair Australia.

A Migration Agenda for the Private Sector (Article)

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.

Religious minorities in France face bias in hiring, new study finds (News Story)

A practising Muslim man is four times less likely to get a job interview in France than a Catholic counterpart, according to a new study by the Institut Montaigne.

A London bakery offers refugee women a way into work (News Story)

Charities team up with local business to generate jobs for newcomer refugees

British universities won’t be able to see applicants’ names anymore (News Story)

From 2017, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the United Kingdom will remove names from university applications.

[New Research] Why Matthew but not Samir? Disrupting the Hiring Bias (Employer Webinar)

[New Research] This webinar has been updated with new research findings. In an exclusive event, Dr. Rupa Banerjee, co-author of the new research report, “Do Large Employers Treat Racial Minorities More Fairly”, reviews the research and explains the negative impacts on job-seekers and employers alike.

Net Benefits: How to Understand the Economic Impact of Migration (News Story)

To understand the economic stakes in Europe’s refugee crisis, start in an unlikely place: the South Pacific island of Tonga.

Flush with jobs — and potential workers — Germany is stymied by this cultural quirk (News Story)

“Life is too short to learn German,” quipped Mark Twain. Now the German language is turning out to be more than just the butt of jokes. In a country desperately in need of workers, it is proving to be a stumbling block that prevents German companies from taking advantage of the flood of new arrivals.

People with racially diverse friend groups are more productive (News Story)

Do you know what your employees’ friend circles are like? A new study published in Organization Sciencefound that employees with more racially diverse friend networks were more likely to go beyond their roles to help the company.

How Startups Are Using Tech To Try And Fight Workplace Bias (News Story)

We all harbor biases — subconsciously, at least. We may automatically associate men with law enforcement work, for example, or women with children and family. In the workplace, these biases can affect managers’ hiring and promotion decisions.

Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (Employer E-learning Course)

The Ontario Human Rights Commission offers a free eLearning course on removing the “Canadian experience” barrier in employment, and rights and responsibilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Biased Perceptions of Racially Diverse Teams and Their Consequences for Resource Support (Employer Report)

Researchers from the United States and the Netherlands examined if biases can negatively affect how racially diverse teams are evaluated, and ultimately treated, relative to racially homogeneous groups.

Why building a diverse work force is worth the effort (News Story)

Fostering diversity in the work force is more than just a noble and altruistic goal, it’s a bottom-line imperative for any company planning for growth.

Why wait for government? Unshackling immigrant entrepreneurs (Article)

UnShackled wants to extend opportunities to all entrepreneurs in the United States, including immigrants on work-visas who want to start companies without waiting for permanent residency. For some immigrant entrepreneurs, UnShackled may be the funding and stabilizing bridge they need to bring their ideas to life in the United States.

Hack the hiring process to reap diversity’s bottom-line benefits (Article)

Employers may understand why it is key to hiring immigrants but they may not necessarily understand the how. Ratna Omidvar of the Global Diversity Exchange provides some easy and lost cost strategies to make your hiring more effective.

Perceptions of Employment Barriers and Solutions (Employer Report)

Challenges to newcomer employment can be overcome, says new ALLIES report.

The World’s Most Talent Ready Countries, 2014 (Article)

Talent is moving around the world faster than ever before. Countries that remain open to it are building a competitive edge.

Express entry immigration points system revealed before Jan. 1 launch (News Story)

‘In demand’ immigrants will be in Canada within 6 months

Getting Ready to Launch Express Entry (News Story)

In-demand immigrants’ applications will be processed in six months or less according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Brokering Success: Improving Skilled Immigrant Employment Outcomes (Employer Report)

A Mowat Centre report on improving skilled immigrant employment outcomes through strengthened government-employer engagement.

Brokering Success – Improving Skilled Immigrant Employment Outcomes (Employer Webinar)

Learn how government-employer engagement can help skilled immigrants find employment.

Attracting skilled immigrants – Preparing for the launch of Express Entry (News Story)

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander speaks about how, with the launch of Express Entry in 2015, Canada will be able to attract skilled immigrants who are most likely to succeed.

New etip: Smart Business: Two Ideas to Tap into Newcomer Markets (News Story)

To boost a company’s productivity and growth, businesses should focus on understanding the needs of newcomer customers and immigrant entrepreneurs.

Smart business: Two ideas to tap into newcomer markets (Employer eTip)

To boost a company’s productivity and growth, businesses should focus on understanding the needs of newcomer customers and immigrant entrepreneurs.

New Video: Focusing on Diversity Leads to Growth and Innovation at RBC (News Story)

Hiring immigrant talent is an essential pipeline of growth for Canadian businesses.

Enhancing Immigrants’ Essential ‘Soft’ Skills – a win-win solution (Article)

Virtually every job requires competencies in nine essential skills. Do you know what they are? Learn about the tools and resources available to employers to assess and support essential “soft skills” among employees, including new immigrants.

Focusing on diversity leads to growth and innovation at RBC (Employer Video)

Hiring immigrant talent is an essential pipeline of growth for Canadian businesses.

RBC finds that paying attention to newcomers is smart business (Employer Video)

To boost a company’s productivity and growth, businesses should focus on understanding the needs of newcomer customers and immigrant entrepreneurs.

Canada one of the World’s Most Popular Destinations for Job Seekers (News Story)

Canada is already reliant on immigrants as the key source of its labour force growth and that importance will only increase as the population ages, people retire and birth rates stay low.

New Tutorials Available to Help Employers Hire New Canadians (News Story)

A series of free online tutorials have been developed to help small to medium-sized businesses struggling to fill job vacancies attract and hire skilled immigrants who are living in BC.

New Video: RBC Finds that Paying Attention to Newcomers is Smart Business (News Story)

To boost a company’s productivity and growth, businesses should focus on understanding the needs of newcomer customers and immigrant entrepreneurs.

3M Managers Walk in the Shoes of Newcomers (Employer eTip)

3M’s Sarah Tattersall recommends a language exercise to help managers better understand the experience of skilled immigrant employees.

New Video: Looking Beyond the Resume: Tips on Assessing an International Candidate (News Story)

The resume is just one assessment tool in the recruitment process.

Looking Beyond the Resume: Tips on Assessing an International Candidate (Employer Video)

The resume is just one assessment tool in the recruitment process.

New Ryerson-Maytree initiative set to advance the inclusion of immigrants and visible minorities (News Story)

hireimmigrants find new home at the Ryerson Maytree Global Diversity Exchange.

Enbridge Lays Down the Pipelines for Immigrant Talent to Succeed (Employer eTip)

Creating a welcoming workplace strengthens an organization as a whole.

New Success Story: Enbridge Lays Down the Pipelines for Immigrant Talent to Succeed (News Story)

Enbridge has long been deliberate about creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace, making it an employer of choice for immigrant talent.

Government of Canada Helps New Canadians get Jobs Faster (News Story)

Funding will support over 30 projects to help address barriers to foreign credential recognition for skilled newcomers in BC.

Unemployment’s up for Canada’s most Educated Immigrants (News Story)

Unemployment levels for recent immigrants with university degrees hit their highest point since June, 2010 last month.

New etip: Chaplaincy Supports Employee Morale (News Story)

Program results in a more engaged workforce, lower turnover and higher productivity.

Chaplaincy Supports Employee Morale (Employer eTip)

Program results in a more engaged workforce, lower turnover and higher productivity.

A Window of Opportunity to Boost Employee Morale (Employer Success Story)

Alberta employer of diverse workforce uses corporate chaplaincy program to help employees overcome personal challenges

Government of Canada Helps More Skilled Newcomers Get Jobs in Their Fields Faster (News Story)

Recognizing 10 new occupations, including welders, carpenters and electricians, to improve foreign-credential recognition.

ICTC Webinar: Hiring Immigrants Through Express Entry (News Story)

Learn more about the new system for economic integration.

New eTip – Three Ideas to Gain a Competitive Edge this Summer (News Story)

Reflect on what some companies are doing to attract and retain the best talent.

Three Ideas to Gain a Competitive Edge this Summer (Employer eTip)

Reflect on what some companies are doing to attract and retain the best talent.

Toronto is diverse but not as inclusive as it could be (Article)

Toronto exemplifies multiculturalism, but struggles with inclusion and equality of opportunity.

Business Leaders Call on Ottawa to Reverse ‘Alarming Slide’ in Skills Training (News Story)

Report says only the federal government can lead and create a national education and skills training strategy

Skills-training Program in B.C. Aims to Curtail a Coming Jobs Crisis (News Story)

Convergence of aging demographic and new opportunities for growth needs needs to be addressed.

Career Edge Innovation Award Winner: RBC-Career Edge Associate Host Program (Employer Video)

Enabling RBC’s business clients to access skilled immigrant talent through a paid internship.

The Forgotten Person in Today’s Immigrant (Article)

Alan Broadbent, reminds us that we must remember the immigrant’s long term contribution to the labour market and to the nation.

Why not use Refugees to Solve our Temporary Foreign Worker Problem? (Article)

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.

Ten Ideas to Celebrate Diversity (Article)

Steps to create a more inclusive workplace.

Four Changes to the TFW Program that would help Canadian Businesses (News Story)

Improvements to the employment services system would help employers more easily fill positions.

Embracing Diversity Good for the Soul – and Business – says TD Bank CEO (News Story)

Being on the right side of history is a positive.

The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2014 Announced (News Story)

Recognizing newcomers including many business owners who have made a strong contribution to Canada.

Government of Canada Overhauls Temporary Foreign Worker Program Ensuring Canadians (News Story)

Employment and Social Development and Citizenship and Immigration announce a comprehensive overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Ottawa Unveils Sweeping Changes to Foreign-workers Program (News Story)

Changes include splitting the program into two and imposing a long list of measures aimed at reducing its use for low-wage positions.

Why Immigration should be a Cornerstone of Canada’s Economic Policy (Article)

Examining how improvements to immigration can improve Calgary businesses.

New etip: Overcoming Biases to Succeed (News Story)

Tips to minimize the negative impacts of hidden biases in managing immigrant talent.

Overcoming Biases to Succeed (Employer eTip)

Tips to minimize the negative impacts of hidden biases in managing immigrant talent.

TRIEC e-lert June 2014 (News Story)

Latest immigrant employment news from the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

Free Cross-Cultural Competency Training for Employers – Hire Immigrants Ottawa (News Story)

Learn cross-cultural competency skills, tools and strategies for adapting your workplace for a diverse employee base.

All Weather Windows Wins 2014 Workplace Innovation RISE Award (Employer Video)

Gord Wiebe, CEO of All Weather Windows explains why his company’s chaplaincy program is invaluable to his diverse staff.

Look out for Hidden ‘Mediterranean’ Noses (Article)

Dr. Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard University explains that we often underestimate the degree of influence our unconscious biases have on decision-making.

Cultivating a Sustainable Future (News Story)

Career Edge Achievement Awards celebrate successes in socio-economic sustainability.

New Etip: Adding Value to Paid Internships (News Story)

Providing added-value supports to an intern’s experience benefits everyone.

Adding Value to Paid Internships (Employer eTip)

Providing added-value supports to an intern’s experience benefits everyone.

TRIEC: 10 Years of Meaningful Work (Employer Video)

TRIEC plays a strategic role in connecting skilled immigrants to the labour market.

Canada Must See Immigration as a Competitive Edge (News Story)

Gordon Nixon, CEO of RBC, argues diversity, together with inclusion, plays a central role in driving productivity, innovation and growth.

Supporting Immigrant Employment Contributes to Prosperity in the GTA: TRIEC Immigrant Success Award Winners Show How (News Story)

TRIEC and RBC recognize the winners of the 8th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards – organizations and individuals who are helping employers do just that to the advantage of employers, immigrants and the region as a whole.

IEC-BC HR Tip Sheets to Support Managing Immigrant Talent (News Story)

Five tip sheets provide resources to make it easy for you to attract, hire and retain skilled immigrants.

New Webinar – Low Risk, Big Return: Using Paid Internships to Recruit Skilled Immigrant Talent (News Story)

Learn about Career Edge’s program and its innovative partnership with RBC on supporting business clients of the bank to access internationally trained talent.

New OHRC Webinar: Removing the Canadian Experience Barrier (News Story)

Learn how you can implement effective hiring practices that discounts “Canadian experience”.

Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment (News Story)

Recognizing individuals and organizations who are forward-thinking champions of immigrant economic integration. Nomination deadline is May 6, 2014

Diversity and Immigration – Important Parts of Canada’s Past, Present and Future (Article)

Gord Nixon, President and CEO of RBC talks about the importance of immigration to Canada’s identity and economy, and how we must move beyond diversity to inclusion to leverage our individual and collective strengths.

Making Paid Internships Work For You (Employer eTip)

If you are considering hiring paid interns, keep in mind the following ideas.

Conference Board of Canada – Canadian Immigration Conference 2014: Enhancing Canada’s Immigration System (News Story)

Exploring the future of immigration, and how we can enhance our immigration system to help address advanced skills, talent and competitiveness challenges facing organizations.

Low Risk, Big Return: Using Paid Internships to Recruit Skilled Immigrant Talent (Employer eTip)

Learn how internships for skilled immigrants can help with immediate staffing needs.

Low Risk, Big Return: Using Paid Internships to Recruit Skilled Immigrant Talent (Employer Webinar)

Learn about Career Edge’s program and its innovative partnership with RBC on supporting business clients of the bank to access internationally trained talent.

Hire Immigrants Ottawa 2014 Employer Excellence Awards (News Story)

Congratulations to TD Bank and various individuals for their leadership in championing immigrant employment in the Ottawa Region.

Workforce Planning Hamilton 2014 Hire Learning Survey: The Complete Series of Results (News Story)

Collecting Hamilton’s real-time local labour market information.

Canada’s Socio-Economic Sustainability at Risk (News Story)

2014 is set to mark the beginning of the Baby Boomer exodus from the workforce, so just who will fill Canada’s growing skills gap?

Ontario’s Clarion Call for Putting Diversity to Work (Article)

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration makes the case for why hiring skilled immigrants is essential to business.

New Event – Looking to Hire? Put a World of Experience to Work for You – At No Cost to You (News Story)

Connect with global talent from the comfort of your own office.

Ask the Expert – Unlocking Potential: From Underperformer to Asset (Article)

What interventions can be made to support immigrant talent in performing better especially due to cultural barriers?

Guelph-Wellington Immigration Partnership Employer Toolkit Now Available (News Story)

Toolkit provides resources, quick-reference tips, and checklists for incorporating inclusive practices in your hiring activities and human resource practices.

Canada’s Job Market: Everything You Need to Know About the Numbers (News Story)

Here is how Canada’s job numbers stack up in a detailed breakdown of the country’s labour market.

Developing Managerial Expertise (Employer eTip)

Learn how to support new immigrants as they progress into a managerial role.

New HRPA Program Helps Ontario Reduce the Outflow of Highly Skilled Internationally Educated (News Story)

Cultural competency training program helps organizations to become more culturally inclusive and more effectively hire, on-board and develop diverse talent.

Ontario Charts its Own Course with Proposed Ontario Immigration Act (Article)

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.

Celebrating Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (Article)

Competition recognizes employers for creating a more inclusive workplace including developing and implementing various programs and HR strategies to better manage skilled immigrant talent.

Leveraging Immigrant Talent for Business Development (Article)

Skills and talents of newcomers can lead to exciting new Ottawa based business ventures, creating jobs and growing the region’s economic base.

Religious Accommodation Improves Employee Satisfaction and Productivity (Employer eTip)

Understand how to create and implement a religious accommodation policy in your workplace to meet legal requirements and also to improve employee satisfaction and productivity.

Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Workplace (Employer Webinar)

Understand how to create and implement a religious accommodation policy in your workplace to meet legal requirements and to improve employee satisfaction and productivity.

Webinar Recording Now Available: Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Workplace (News Story)

Find out what your legal duties are and how you can implement practical strategies in your workplace from our expert panel in our new webinar.

The Year’s Most Inspiring Workplace Inclusiveness Stories: Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2014 Announced (News Story)

Recognizing initiatives from leading employers that attract and retain employees from diverse communities across Canada including our employer champions RBC, CIBC, Dentons, E&Y, KMPG, Telus and TD.

New Workshop: Are You Culturally Competent? Leading Diversity and Inclusiveness in Your Workplace (News Story)

ERIEC presents a free workshop where you can learn how to leverage and maximize global talent to improve your company’s productivity.

Moving Past Diversity: RBC’s Journey to Rid its Upper Ranks of ‘Unconscious Bias’ (Article)

Zabeen Hirji talks about how RBC is teaching its leaders to overcome unconscious bias; how it’s fostering diversity through processes versus organic evolution and how it reconciles those processes with regulatory requirements.

Effectively Managing Religious Accommodation in the Workplace (Employer eTip)

Employers have a legal mandate to accommodate religious practices and observances in the workplace, but they should also see it as good human resource management.

Skilled Immigrants to be Matched with Vacant Jobs in 2015 (News Story)

New immigration system set to launch in 2015 is being compared to ‘a dating site’.

Register now for the Edmonton Global Talent Conference 2014 (News Story)

Develop your leadership skills in managing immigrant talent.

Work and Culture (Article)

Interactive online learning helps skilled immigrants and employers understand the role of culture at work so that everyone benefits.

Seven of 10 Executives Having Trouble Finding the Right Talent (News Story)

Canadian employers’ top concern is the shortage of skilled workers.

Outsmarting our Brains: A Report by RBC and Ernst and Young (Article)

Business leaders need to overcome their hidden biases to be more competitive.

Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Workplace (Employer eTip)

An employer has a legal duty to accommodate religious observances and needs of their employees and implement reasonable accommodation.

Plug into Changes in Immigration and Employment Rules (News Story)

New rules to Temporary Foreign Worker Program have been recently made in the new year.

Bridging the Gap Between Skills and Culture (Article)

Program provides skilled immigrants with the soft skills needed to advance their careers.

Immigrant Unemployment: The More Education, the Bigger the Gap (News Story)

Immigrants still more likely to be out of a job even with a high education.

Think Fast: Ontario Employer Perspectives on Immigration Reform and the Expression of Interest System (Employer Report)

A new Ontario Chamber of Commerce report calls on the federal government to ensure that upcoming changes to Canada’s immigration system reflect the needs of employers.

Canada Urged to Speed Approval of Skilled Immigrants (News Story)

Ontario Chamber of Commerce says businesses seeking scarce skills wait too long for newcomer processing; Australia does it in just 2 months.

2014 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards opens call for nominations (News Story)

Awards program looking for the most inspiring immigrants including business leaders from all across Canada.

Webinar Recording Now Available: Expression of Interest (News Story)

Learn more about the changes to Canada’s immigrant selection system and how it may affect your company’s human resources strategy.

Deadline for TRIEC’s 8th Annual Immigrant Success Awards Extended to January 15, 2013 (News Story)

Awards recognize GTA companies and individual leaders who champion immigrant employment.

Boldly Playing the Global Talent Game (Article)

IEC-BC argues it is a critical time close the skills and labour gap by thinking differently about attracting and retaining skilled talent from around the world — seeing skilled immigrants as the solution.

Wage Gap Between Immigrants and Native-born Persists After 20 Years in Canada (Employer Report)

Statistics Canada study shows that while the wage gap between immigrants and native-born Canadians did narrow over 20 years, significant differences remained.

Expression of Interest: What Employers Need to Know about Canada’s Proposed New Immigrant Application System (Article)

The federal government will be introducing a new application management system that will aim to reduce application processing times and prevent backlogs. This system is currently being referred to as the Expression of Interest (EOI) model.

Expression of Interest – What Employers Need to Know (Employer eTip)

The proposed Expression of Interest model is still be finalized but read more to find how what we know so far.

Anonymous Job Applications Help Overcome Hiring Biases (Article)

Both employer and applicant win when using an anonymous job application process.

Expression of Interest: Canada’s Proposal to Recruit Immigrant Talent – Implications for Employers (Employer eTip)

Learn more about the changes to Canada’s immigrant selection system and how it may affect your company’s human resources strategy.

Expression of Interest: Canada’s Proposal to Recruit Immigrant Talent – Implications for Employers (Employer Webinar)

Learn more about the changes to Canada’s immigrant selection system and how it may affect your company’s human resources strategy.

Outsmarting Our Brains: Overcoming Hidden Biases to Harness Diversity’s True Potential (Employer Report)

Business leaders need to overcome their hidden biases to be more competitive.

Minister Kenney Urges Employers to Look to Canadians, Including Newcomers, to Tackle Skills Shortages (News Story)

New Canadians represent a valuable source of skilled labour from which employers in Canada can recruit.

Creating Partnership and Strategy for BC’s Northwest Labour Needs (Employer Report)

New Canadians are an under-represented demographic group with the necessary talent and skills to help meet demand in BC’s northwest region according to a new IEC-BC report.

Hire Immigrants Ottawa – 2014 Employer Excellence Awards: Call for Entries (News Story)

Recognizing local employers for their innovative and exemplary HR policies and practices in managing immigrant talent.

Ontario Presents Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment (News Story)

Ontario is recognizing the first ever recipients of the Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment, for their role in championing diversity and supporting jobs in their communities.

Helping New Hires Reach Their Full Potential (Employer eTip)

Onboarding is more than the introduction of policies and procedures. It’s the starting point for a potentially fruitful journey for a new hire and an organization.

Prince George Online Job Fair to Connect Local Employers with Skilled New Canadians Living in Metro Vancouver (News Story)

Cost-effective way to connect with potential candidates.

Ottawa’s 2014 Immigration Plan Focuses on Economic Class (News Story)

Canada is set to launch its “Express of Interest System” to let employers pick skilled immigrants from a pool of pre-screened candidates.

Hands-on Experience Through Internships Can be the Best of Teachers (News Story)

RBC Career Bridge Associate Host Program gives Canadian employers the opportunity to host high potential, internationally qualified interns to meet their employment needs.

Delivering Effective Feedback (Employer eTip)

Newcomers from diverse cultures often perceive feedback very differently. Managers need to be aware of the potential for misunderstanding.

Jobs in Canada: Where, What and For Whom? (Employer Report)

An analysis by TD of vacancy, wage and unemployment rates in the country finds no proof of an imminent skills crisis.

Connecting Talent to Opportunity (Article)

The Halifax Connector Program helps immigrants build a professional network and connects them with job opportunities to help in their settlement.

Eight Tips to Increase Diversity (News Story)

Most progressive companies embrace the notion of diversity. The difficulty is in making it work – ensuring all people feel welcome within the organization, and have a chance to rise to the level their abilities allow.

Surrey Board of Trade Wins Gold for Employer Innovation Fund Program at Canadian Chamber Competition (News Story)

Employer focused program assists SMEs in the Surrey region in integrating immigrants into their labour pool.

Bias-Free Assessment and Hiring: Measuring a Candidate’s Ability to Succeed in the Workplace (Employer eTip)

Learn how you can implement effective hiring practices that discounts “Canadian experience.

Train Employers to Hire and Work with Immigrants (Article)

According to Ratna Omidvar, the best teachers for employers are employers themselves when it comes to immigrant employment solutions.

TRIEC 2003-2013: Building a Better Future (News Story)

Exploring the Toronto Region’s journey over the past ten years which includes engaging employers in meaningful opportunities

“Diversity for growth and innovation” – RBC featured by the Greater Halifax Partnership (Employer Video)

In this video the Smart City Business show visits a RBC branch and learns the value of hiring immigrant talent.

Improving Your Assessment and Hiring of Candidates (Employer Video)

In part two of this series, Cherie Robertson, Senior Policy Analyst at OHRC describes various best practices employers and regulatory bodies can use to improve their assessment and hiring of candidates.

Pathways to Employment: Strengthening the Immigrant Connection (News Story)

Workforce Planning Hamilton will be releasing their latest employer research project and launch their new mentoring program for skilled immigrants on September 26, 2013. Register now!

Bias-free Hiring and Assessment: Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (Employer eTip)

The new Ontario Human Rights Commission policy states that requiring “Canadian experience” could violate the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Understanding the Ontario Human Rights Commission Policy on Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (Employer Video)

Requiring “Canadian experience” could violate the Ontario Human Rights Code according to the new Ontario Human Rights Commission policy.

More Immigration or Bust (News Story)

Smart communities have figured out that immigrants can give them that edge over the competition.

Moving Towards Bias Free Hiring – Practical Examples to Assess Candidates (Employer Video)

Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree, provides practical examples that employers can use to assess competencies of a potential candidate.

Anonymous Job Applications: The Next Step Towards Bias-Free Hiring (Article)

This article looks at evidence of subconscious bias in hiring and what employers around the world are doing to circumvent these biases.

Ontario to Recognize Immigration Employment Leaders (News Story)

New award program will demonstrate to businesses the advantages of hiring skilled immigrants.

How Do You Source Talent Faster? (Employer eTip)

By watching this webinar you can find out find the best talent.

London Builds a Better Internship (News Story)

New internship program designed to give valuable work experience to people facing barriers to employment including new Canadians and recent grads.

Not all Internships are Bad (News Story)

Done well, paid internships break down employment barriers and function as valuable learning experiences.

The Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment (News Story)

Award recognizes individuals and organizations who are forward-thinking champions of immigrant economic integration.

End the Call for ‘Canadian Experience’ (Article)

Ontario Human Rights Commission makes right move in putting onus on employers to prove it’s a bona fide occupational requirement.

Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (Article)

Ratna Omidvar of Maytree comments on the new Ontario Human Rights Commission policy addresses the issue of employers requiring “Canadian experience” which can create barriers for newcomers looking for jobs or professional accreditation.

Remove the “Canadian Experience” Employment Barrier: OHRC (News Story)

Asking for ‘Canadian experience’ from immigrants may breach Ontario’s human rights code.

Ontario Collaborating with Employers to Improve Opportunities for Immigrants (News Story)

New award for employers showcases leadership in integration, recruitment & retention of immigrants in Ontario.

Western premiers focus on jobs, economy (News Story)

Skills training, immigration programs discussed at conference.

Closing the Skills Gap, IEC-BC at the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting (Employer Video)

Immigrant employment solutions can play a large role in addressing the skills crisis in BC

SMTC’S Diverse Workforce Builds an Award Winning Company (Employer Video)

Diverse ideas and experiences improves processes and satisfies customers needs.

Canada Job Grant deeply flawed, report says (News Story)

New report suggests the proposed $15,000 a person training program should be abandoned.

Practical Ways for an Employer to Maximize International Talent (Employer eTip)

Internships, mentoring and participating in networking and recruitment events are just some of the ways you can leverage immigrant talent.

First Prince George Online Job Fair for New Canadians a Success (News Story)

Connecting local employers with new Canadians living in Metro Vancouver.

The Top Five Ways for an Employer to Leverage International Talent (Article)

The Waterloo Immigration Partnership provides useful tips on how you can maximize immigrant talent.

Making Connections – Halifax Regional Municipality and Greater Halifax Partnership (Article)

Business needs talent. Talent needs opportunity. A networking program completes the equation.

Dreaming of Diversity (Article)

New Canadians have a lot to offer a workplace; now it’s just a case of making them feel welcome with these tips you can implement in your company.

CIIMA and Career Edge Partner to Bridge the Careers of Internationally Qualified Accountants (News Story)

New partnership facilitates and supports internationally qualified CIMA members looking to gain Canadian work experience that is consistent with the skills and experience acquired in their home country.

People Without Jobs — Jobs Without People: Decoding Canada’s ‘Skills Crisis’ (News Story)

Canada has 1.33 million unemployed workers, yet business hired 338,000 temporary foreign workers last year, citing shortages in low-skilled jobs.

RBC Career Bridge Associate Program (Article)

Program support RBC’s small and medium-sized GTA-based business clients in connecting with high-potential, internationally qualified candidates to fit their employment needs.

Statistics Canada: Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity in Canada (News Story)

New data released from the 2011 National Household Survey highlight the changes unfolding in Canadian society.

More Than One-Fifth of Canadians are Foreign-Born: National Household Survey (News Story)

The first release of data from the 2011 National Household Survey offers a snapshot of a modern Canada that is changing in both cultural makeup and religious beliefs.

Government Announces Reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (News Story)

The changes include paying temporary foreign workers the same wages as Canadian workers and the temporary suspension of the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion process.

Five Ways Companies can Address a Shortage of Skills (News Story)

Accenture provides employers tips on how to deal with an impending shortage of skilled workers in Canada.

Hiring Highly Skilled People from Around the World Gives Trinity Tech a Competitive Advantage (Employer Video)

When Dunstan Peter, President and CEO of Trinity Tech was growing his company, he needed highly skilled people to give his small business the advantage. His skilled immigrant hires did just that

Change to Offers of Arranged Employment in the Federal Skilled Worker Program (News Story)

Starting on May 4, 2013, most offers of arranged employment will require a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from HRSDC in support of an FSWP application, instead of an AEO.

Hire Immigrants Ottawa Summit Brings Together Partners Involved in Immigrant Employment Solutions (News Story)

Summit brought together employers, senior executives, civic leaders, representatives from immigrant serving organizations and other stakeholders involved in the integration of skilled immigrants into the workforce.

Business Edge for Internationally Educated Professionals (Employer Video)

Enabling and empowering skilled immigrants to move back into jobs where they can fully utilize their skills, education and professional experience.

Tips from Metro Testing on how to Successfully Integrate Skilled Immigrants into Your Company (Employer Video)

Job shadowing, not asking for Canadian work experience and being patient are all parts of hiring and onboarding diverse talent

IEC-BC launches new employer-to-employer ad to raise awareness of the business advantage skilled immigrants offer (News Story)

IEC-BC is launching an employer-to-employer ad to raise awareness of the business advantage skilled immigrants offer.

Canada’s Small and Medium-Sized Business Owners: Diverse Society in a Microcosm (Employer Report)

TD Economics’ annual report on Canada’s SMEs reveals visible minorities with majority stakes represent about 10% of small businesses, which is a small proportion relative to the overall population. But their share is expected to increase as aging demographics kick in and immigration numbers rise.

Canada’s New Immigration Rules put Premium on Young People (News Story)

New immigration rules will target workers aged 18 to 35 as the Conservative government provides the clearest sense yet of how Canada will rely on young immigrants to soften the fiscal pain of a demographic crunch.

More Changes to Canada’s Immigration Program (News Story)

On August 17, 2012, the federal government announced changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program. While not a surprise (as changes have been proposed earlier in various forums), their impact will be significant.

Promoting Diversity in the Office: Tips for Bias-free Hiring (Article)

While many organizations may have the goal of creating diverse workplaces through bias-free hiring, they may not have implemented the many elements needed to achieve this goal.

Diversity at Work HR Toolkit (Employer Report)

The HR Toolkit is a comprehensive and free online resource that helps managers, employees and board members better understand, address and manage HR needs and issues in nonprofits.

Opportunity Knocks! How Nonprofit Employers Build a Workforce that Includes New Canadians (Employer Report)

Opportunity Knocks describes the demographic challenges that effect the labour force, reasons nonprofit organizations need to take action, and also provides five areas of focus for employers.

Deloitte’s three ideas to boost immigrant success (Employer eTip)

Immigrants are a growing talent pool and Deloitte knows that tapping into their potential is essential to any organization’s success. Find out more about Deloitte’s strategies.

HR North: Connecting SMEs to Skilled Immigrant Talent in Northeastern Ontario (Employer Report)

A new report calls for the development of a “one-stop” HR Support Centre to help SMEs recruit and retain skilled immigrants.

Aging Workforce an Economic Tsunami-in-Waiting (News Story)

Canada is about to be hit by a demographic tsunami in slow motion, with profound and lasting effects on our economy and our society.

Online Tool Helps Employers Determine an Immigrant’s Eligibility to Work (Article)

A free online learning tool details the different immigrant categories and helps employers determine if they can legally hire a newcomer.

Global Talent for Small and Medium Enterprises: Finding Solutions (News Story)

A new report released by ALLIES highlights new ways to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to hire skilled immigrants.

RBC’s Zabeen Hirji on Skilled Immigrant Integration and Organizational Change (Employer Video)

In this video Zabeen Hirji talks about corporate culture to recognize, welcome and leverage assets of skilled immigrants.

Leadership Strategies for Successfully Integrating Skilled Immigrant Talent (Employer Video)

In this video, Gord Nixon President and CEO, RBC and chair of TRIEC provides advice to business leaders about effectively bringing skilled immigrants on board.

An eight-point plan to get jobs for immigrants (News Story)

Research project reveals how SMEs can tap into immigrant talent pool.

Getting wise (News Story)

Mellowhawk Logistics wins small business award for actively hiring new immigrants

RBC’s Gord Nixon on the Business Case for Skilled Immigrant Integration (Employer Video)

In this video Gord Nixon speaks about why hiring and integrating immigrant talent is vital to the bank’s business.

Why Hire Skilled Immigrants, the Business Owner Perspective (Article)

Skilled immigrants are highly educated and can help SMEs fill labour shortage and serve diverse local and global markets.

How to Recruit and Select Skilled Immigrants, the Business Owner Perspective (Article)

Focus on essential skills, use immigrant-serving agencies to recruit and screen candidates for free and include others in the interview process.

Managing a Diverse Workforce, the Business Owner’s Perspective (Article)

Providing ongoing development, performance feedback and recognition, and opportunities for advancement will boost employees’ engagement and reduce turnover.

i³ International Focuses On Skills and Experience, Not Country Of Origin (Employer Success Story)

When recruiting, the small tech company looks for relevant experience and language skills in line with the position.

Immigrant HR Administrator Increases Openness in Recruiting At i³ International (Employer Success Story)

When interviewed by a skilled immigrant, a newcomer candidate gets the clear message the tech company promotes and values diversity.

Halifax Company Uses Settlement Agency to Find Immigrants (Employer Success Story)

Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services provides Maple Trade Finance access to candidates with the language and cultural skills to help the company succeed on a global scale.

Immigration Works in Halifax featuring RBC (Employer Video)

RBC’s hiring of skilled immigrants has brought international skills and experience to improve their business in Halifax.

It’s Just Smart Business (Employer Video)

Watch as three employers speak about why “it’s just smart business” to tap into skilled immigrant talent

Team Approach Reduces Bias during Recruitment at NoAb (Employer Success Story)

Multiple people review resumés and interview candidates then share their perspectives to make the hiring decision.

A Community Approach Attracts Immigrants to Rodrigues Winery (Employer Success Story)

Winery offers help with travel and housing arrangements and introduces newcomers to members of the community in rural Newfoundland.