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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

Perceptions of Employment Barriers and Solutions (Employer Report)

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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

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.

Ten Ideas to Celebrate Diversity (Article)

Steps to create a more inclusive workplace.

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

Being on the right side of history is a positive.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Making Paid Internships Work For You (Employer eTip)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bridging the Gap Between Skills and Culture (Article)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Delivering Effective Feedback (Employer eTip)

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

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.

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

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!

Ontario to Recognize Immigration Employment Leaders (News Story)

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

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

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

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.

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

Diverse ideas and experiences improves processes and satisfies customers needs.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.