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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 finding and recruiting skilled immigrants in the public sector.

Ottawa pilots ‘name-blind’ recruitment to reduce ‘unconscious bias’ in hiring (News Story)

Six federal ministries and departments will remove information revealing an applicant’s race and ethnicity from the application and resume to stop hiring biases against minority candidates. Read more.

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.

50 per cent immigration boost makes ‘complete sense,’ says expert (News Story)

The number of working-age Canadians for every senior is expected to drop from 4.2 in 2015 to 2.7 in 2030, according to the Department of Finance.

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.

Our Immigrants, Our Strength (News Story)

Investing in the integration of refugees and immigrants is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do.

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?’

The Refugee Crisis and EU integration: The Need for a Fine Balancing Act (News Story)

The EU needs to view the refugee crisis as an opportunity.

RBC introduces in-branch video interpretation app (News Story)

RBC has rolled out a language app that lets bank customers visiting branches talk to qualified interpreters over a video link.

How Immigrants are Building Midwestern Boom Towns (News Story)

Communities like Sioux Falls, South Dakota, across the Midwest can thank immigrants for contributing to their new status as “boom” towns and first-place rankings on pro-business indexes.

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.

Syrian refugees benefit from driving test in Arabic (News Story)

New Brunswick allows Arabic translators on road test to help ease transition for newcomers to province.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Past and Present (News Story)

“If no one wants to hire, hire yourself.”

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.

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.

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

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.

The Economist Global Diversity List recognizes Ratna Omidvar and the Global Diversity Exchange (News Story)

The Economist Global Diversity List is a comprehensive guide to organizations and individuals who are at the forefront of promoting diversity in human resources policy and practice. Ratna Omidvar and the Global Diversity Exchange are recognized in three separate categories.

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?

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

[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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 – 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

Only Half of International Medical Grads in Canada Work as Doctors (News Story)

Intense competition for residency positions has some foreign-trained doctors working as taxi drivers and in gas stations.

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.

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.

Ten Ideas to Celebrate Diversity (Article)

Steps to create a more inclusive workplace.

New etip: Three Steps to Start a Successful Employee Resource Group (News Story)

Groups foster personal and professional development.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Turning Cultural Differences into an Advantage (Employer eTip)

Tips on how to overcome the risks of linking workplace challenges to culture.

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.

Strengthening Immigration in Ontario (News Story)

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

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.

Skilled Immigrant Integration Around the Globe: A Look at What Other Countries Are Doing (News Story)

How are other countries integrating skilled immigrants into their economies?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Self-Declaration Form asks Manitoba Hydro Employees to Disclose Immigrant Status (Employer Success Story)

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

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

“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.

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.

Cultural Competence & Diversity Management (Article)

In this article Adeeco talks to TRIEC’s Rose DeVerya about steps Canadian employers can take to transform their organization’s culture and talent management practices in ways that work across cultural differences.

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.

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.

Unlocking Potential: From Underperformer to Asset (Article)

Hiring a skilled immigrant may result in under performance without explanation. Business Edge enables and empowers skilled immigrants to move back into jobs where they can fully utilize their skills, education and professional experience.

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.

Accommodating Different Faiths Begins from Within (Article)

This article stresses the importance of accommodating people’s faiths in the workplace and using employees as a way to educate other employees about their behaviours, traditions and practices.

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.

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.

Employees Keen on Volunteering Opportunities (News Story)

One-quarter would be more likely to get involved if encouraged by employer.

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.

Know your Workforce: Using Data Strategically for Inclusion & Organizational Excellence (Article)

In this article, Hire Immigrants Ottawa explains the importance of measuring diversity programs to improve your organization’s talent management processes.

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.

Reflecting the City: Employment Equity at Work – City of Saskatoon (Employer Success Story)

Building a workforce that is representative of a newly diverse population through community outreach, partnerships and pre-employment coaching.

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.

Bridging Program Connects Mount Sinai Hospital with Internationally-Trained Nurses (Employer Success Story)

To better recruit and retain internationally-educated professionals you need to tap into various sources to ensure you are reaching the best candidates.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

City of Montreal’s Internships Give Newcomers First ‘Canadian’ Experience (Employer Success Story)

Program helps newcomers integrate into Quebec workforce through on-the-job training, mentoring and coaching.

The City of Calgary Benefits from Mentoring Skilled Immigrants (Employer Video)

Mentoring allows the city to connect with a skilled talent pool and builds diversity competencies among its workforce, says Cheryl Goldsmith, the city’s Human Resources Advisor.

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.

The City of Calgary Boosts Candidates’ Success (Employer Success Story)

The City of Calgary holds regular employment forums for skilled immigrants about job opportunities and hiring practices.

The ABCs of Safety at BC Hydro (Employer Success Story)

BC Hydro offers English courses to ensure employees are able to communicate effectively with team members, which boosts their ability to work safely.

Why Hire Skilled Immigrants, the Public Sector Perspective (Article)

Skilled immigrants are highly educated and bring a global perspective that will help public sector organizations better serve the multicultural communities they serve.

Mentoring Leads To More Engaged And Inclusive Workforce at St. Mike’s Hospital (Employer Success Story)

Other employers can use the hospital’s mentoring program guidebook to create their own internal mentoring programs.

St. Michael’s Hospital Makes Skilled Immigrant Inclusion Part of Strategic Plan (Employer Success Story)

The hospital is combining foresight and planning to help create a diverse workforce that interacts harmoniously with the community it serves.

Business Development Bank of Canada Values International Experience (Employer Success Story)

Hiring tests assess skills, regardless of where they’re obtained, and cultural awareness sessions help skilled immigrants fit in.

Employee Survey Helps Mount Sinai Target Diversity Initiatives (Employer Success Story)

Leadership support of the survey encouraged more employees to participate and the hospital found internationally educated professionals were less likely than Canadian-trained professionals to be working in jobs that used their credentials.

Cross-Cultural Guide Helps Nurses Treat Diverse Patients (Employer Success Story)

Providence Health Care has created various tools to help nurses communicate with and treat patients from different cultures.

Internship a Win-Win for Providence Health Care and Internationally Educated Nurses (Employer Success Story)

The publicly funded internship program allows internationally educated nurses to earn licensure hours and helps hospitals address skilled labour shortages.

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.

Mentoring Builds Leadership Skills and Opens Doors for Immigrants at City Of Toronto (Employer Success Story)

The program provides skilled immigrants with practical advice and the opportunity to build their networks while the City’s workforce builds their cross-cultural competence and leadership skills.

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.