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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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

“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 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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Examining how improvements to immigration can improve Calgary businesses.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

More Immigration or Bust (News Story)

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

Ontario to Recognize Immigration Employment Leaders (News Story)

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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