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This section has articles, success stories, videos and other resources that speak to your particular interests and needs when it comes to recruiting, retaining and promoting skilled immigrants in a medium-sized organization.

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.

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?

Construction Union Trains and Tests in Native Language (Employer Success Story)

The construction industry in Canada is a significant economic driver, accounting for 9% of Canada’s GDP. Future labour demands are high and immigrants are important.

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.

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.

Skilled immigrants wasting their talents in Canada (News Story)

“We have a tendency to compare them to Canadians and say, ‘Oh, they don’t speak as good English,’ instead of thinking, ‘Oh, they speak multiple languages. How is that an advantage for my business?’

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.”

Newcomers work at finding a job (News Story)

Winnipeg’s population is expected to top one million in 25 years mainly because of immigration, and an event in the city next week aims to line up hundreds of newcomers with jobs.

7 Facts You Didn’t Know About High-Skilled Immigrants (News Story)

Facts about high-skilled immigrants that give a sense of the overlooked benefits and contributions of immigrants.

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.

Languages are major obstacles for immigrants trying to get ahead professionally (News Story)

Research conducted in 2013 suggests that 64 per cent of immigrants in Quebec are overqualified for the work they do.

How Diversity Of Thought Makes A Difference (News Story)

Maintaining or creating diversity of thought can’t come last, but often it does. 41% of Fortune 1000 respondents said they’re “too busy” to implement diversity initiatives.

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.

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.

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: 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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

Perceptions of Employment Barriers and Solutions (Employer Report)

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

New etip: Brokering Success for New Canadians (News Story)

Learn how governments can “broker success” in the job market for newcomers.

Brokering Success for New Canadians (Employer eTip)

Learn how governments can “broker success” in the job market for newcomers.

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.

Government as Employer of Skilled Immigrants (Employer Report)

Find out what practices and policies various levels of governments are using to encourage the employment of immigrants.

Boosting Employment in the Public Sector (Employer eTip)

Learn how governments can tap into immigrant talent.

New etip: Boosting Employment in the Public Sector (News Story)

Learn how governments can tap into immigrant talent.

Government as Employer of Skilled Immigrants (Employer Webinar)

Find out what practices and policies various levels of governments are using to encourage the employment of immigrants.

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.

Register for New Webinar: Government as Employer of Skilled Immigrants (News Story)

Join us for the release of the new report by Wayland Consulting.

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.

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: 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.

Career Edge and NACC Partner to Help Skilled Newcomers Join Canada’s Workforce (News Story)

Helping immigrants re-launching their careers in Canada.

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.

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.

2013-14 WIL Award: Sarah Tattersall,Talent Solutions Manager at 3M Canada (Article)

HR champion has assisted skilled immigrants in achieving meaningful employment in their fields.

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.

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.

Moving Beyond Headlines Towards a More Diverse Judiciary (Article)

Diversity at the top of the legal profession is a social imperative as lawyers and judges are in the forefront of advocacy and social change.

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.

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.

RBC’s Zabeen Hirji to Receive 2014 Catalyst Canada Honour for Championing Women and Minorities in Business (News Story)

Leader and supporter of diversity for growth and innovation.

Investing in Internships (Article)

Exploring the business case for paid internships.

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

Examining how improvements to immigration can improve Calgary businesses.

Skilled Immigrants Recruited in 50 Occupations Ahead of ‘Express Entry’ Launch (News Story)

Canada will offer ‘express entry’ to skilled immigrants starting on Jan. 1, 2015.

emergiTEL: RBC Champion of Immigrant Success (Employer Video)

Telecommunications and IT recruitment agency works closely with candidates to position their skills so employers can clearly see how they meet their needs.

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.

emergiTEL – 2013 RBC Immigrant Success Awards Winner (Article)

Telecommunications and IT recruitment agency works closely with candidates to position their skills so employers can clearly see how they meet their needs.

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.

2013 RBC Diversity and Inclusion Report (Employer Report)

In this report, RBC highlights their overall story of diversity and inclusion and how it creates prosperity for their clients, employees, shareholders and communities.

A 10-year Record of Immigrant Success (Article)

Toronto immigrant jobs council finds much success, but much work remains.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Strengthening Immigration in Ontario (News Story)

New legislation to help attract more skilled immigrants, boost economic growth.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dentons, Imperial Launch Program for Lawyers from Abroad (News Story)

Two employers partner to offer a year’s articling position to a internationally-trained lawyer .

OCISO and RBC to provide targeted career support for internationally trained professionals (News Story)

Program will provide mentoring support to skilled immigrants looking for work within the financial sector.

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.

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.

Technology and Innovation in Talent Management (Article)

Highlighting the work of two Alberta employers who have used technology and innovative approaches to address the challenges of talent acquisition, retention and talent management.

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.

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.

IEC-BC Mentoring Program Connects Employers with Job-Ready Immigrant Talent (News Story)

TELUS signs on as an employer mentoring partner, joining the City of Vancouver.

Anonymous Job Applications Help Overcome Hiring Biases (Article)

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

Mentoring Provides a Warm Welcome for Newcomers to Toronto (News Story)

The Mentoring Partnership’s 2013 Recognition Reception celebrates the City of Toronto for mentoring over 1000 skilled immigrants

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.

Ottawa to Give Foreign-Trained Nurses Help Getting Credentials Recognized (News Story)

Projects intended to speed up credential recognition and in some instances will allow foreign-trained nurses to start their assessment process before they even get to Canada.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Understand Your Workforce and Gain a Competitive Advantage (Employer eTip)

Voluntary form allows the utility company to better understand immigrant workforce.

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.

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

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

Webinar Recording Now Available: Bias-Free Hiring and Assessment: Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (News Story)

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

Examining the Canadian Experience Requirement (News Story)

While concerns over using Canadian experience as an employment or accreditation requirement are legitimate, in some cases, such prerequisites are bona fide, Toronto-based employment lawyer Stuart Rudner says in Law Times.

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

How to Make Your Hiring Practices Bias-Free: Removing the Canadian Experience Barrier (Employer eTip)

Employers and regulatory bodies should follow these practices to improve their overall hiring practices.

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.

Managing Inclusion from the Middle (Article)

Useful tips for organizations to support middle managers to create culturally-inclusive work environments.

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.

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.

Moving Towards Bias Free Hiring – The Power of Policy (Employer Video)

Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree, talks about the larger role employers can play in ensuring bias free hiring practices.

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.

Right in your Back Yard: Sourcing Immigrant Talent Faster (Employer Webinar)

Learn about the Ottawa Job Match Network and Hire Immigrants Ottawa on how they support employers sourcing skilled immigrants and how you can do the same in your region.

Webinar Recording & Resources Now Available – Right in your Back Yard: Sourcing Immigrant Talent Faster (News Story)

Learn about the Ottawa Job Match Network and Hire Immigrants Ottawa on how they support employers sourcing skilled immigrants.

Is “Canadian Experience” Requirement Discriminatory? (News Story)

Often employers don’t realize that asking for such a requirement is a form of discrimination but there are ways to change HR processes to overcome this barrier to employing skilled immigrants

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.

How Can You Recruit Diverse Talent More Effectively? (Employer eTip)

Three tips to help you find the right person for the job and find out more in a free webinar.

Career Bridge Internships a Win-Win for St. Michael’s Hospital (Employer Success Story)

Structured program allows hospital to assess skilled immigrants’ suitability for permanent jobs.

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.

What’s in a Name? Possibly Your Future Prosperity (Article)

Can having a difficult name to pronounce impact your hiring and promotion prospects? A recent study discovered that the “more pronounceable a person’s name is, the more likely people are to favour them.”

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

York Region Ensures Effective Hiring with Foreign Credential Process Guide (Article)

Implementing an effective hiring process leading to decisions based on merit and inclusive to all candidates.

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.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Webinar: Finding Labour Market Information to Help Address Skills and Human Resource Needs (News Story)

This webinar will will help you access data to find the skilled workers your business needs.

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.

Join the Ontario Human Rights Commission on July 15: Removing the “Canadian Experience” Barrier (News Story)

Requiring “Canadian experience” can create barriers for newcomers looking for jobs or professional accreditation.

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.

Building a Team to Reflect Your Market (Employer eTip)

The City of Saskatoon realizes that it is important for its workforce to reflect the population it serves to capitalize on economic and civic opportunities.

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.

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.

York Region Ensures Effective Hiring with Foreign Credential Process Guide (Employer Video)

Implementing an effective hiring process leading to decisions based on merit and inclusive to all candidates.

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.

Congratulations to the 2013 Hire Immigrants Ottawa Employer Excellence Award Recipients (News Story)

Kivuto Solutions Inc. and Bridgehead were presented with the awards at the 2013 Employer Council of Champions (ECC) Summit.

Speed Interviewing, Round One: The Digital Industry (News Story)

The Greater Halifax Partnership brought together IT employers to talk with potential candidates in a speed networking event

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

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.

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.

Buddy Program Helps New Hires Integrate at Pythian (Employer Video)

Paul Vallée, Founder and Executive Chairman of Pythian, talks about how the company’s buddy program helps newcomers quickly learn Pythian’s culture and processes.

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.

Cost-Effective Ways to Recruit Skilled Immigrants (Employer Video)

Small and medium-sized organizations don’t need to spend a lot of money to find skilled immigrant talent. Find out how Autodata Solutions in London, Ont., taps into this talent pool.

SMEs Benefit From Immigrant Talent But Many Still Face Barriers to Hiring IEPs (Article)

A new online resource helps small and medium-sized employers hire internationally educated professionals.

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.

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

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

Engineering Consulting Firm Looks Beyond Canadian Experience (Employer Success Story)

LEA International focuses on competency and credibility when selecting candidates.

Volunteers, Mentees and Interns Are All Sources of Skilled Immigrant Talent (Employer Success Story)

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority encourages employees to mentor skilled immigrants and recognizes the value of newcomer volunteers and interns.

Conservation Authority Engages Skilled Immigrants as Volunteers and Employees (Employer Success Story)

Understanding cultural experiences of nature, identifying barriers in the hiring process and providing diversity training are all part of TRCA’s efforts to attract skilled immigrants.

Conservation Authority Removes Barriers and Shares the Value Of Diversity (Employer Success Story)

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority changed several HR policies after working with a diversity consultant to remove some of the unintentional barriers in its hiring process.

Police Force Recruits Diverse Talent to Better Reflect Communities (Employer Success Story)

The Ottawa Police Service wanted to ensure the force would reflect the more than sixty cultural communities it served so it designed a new recruitment program to ensure the recruitment process was open to all cultures and provided promising candidates with ESL training when necessary.