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Asian job seekers face disadvantage even when they have higher degrees, study finds

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

Rural Ontario looks to immigrants as jobs go unfilled

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

Our Immigrants, Our Strength

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

Overeducated and underpaid? How to address mal-employment

Immigrant mal-employment alone costs an estimated $20 billion in foregone earnings and is a significant contributor to the gap in productivity between Canada and the United States.

Vancouver tech company offers paid internships for Syrian refugees

“We were looking for talent anyway; why don’t we consider hiring people from Syria?”

Immigrant Contributions to Ohio Are Highlighted in New Study

In 2014 Ohio’s nearly half a million immigrants earned $15.6 billion, or just over 5 percent of the state’s total.

The role of the private sector in alleviating the refugee crisis

A coordinated response would contribute in ways that benefit businesses, refugees, and host societies alike.

The Syrian who’s aiming to get refugees jobs in Berlin’s booming tech scene

For English-speaking refugees, the IT sector can offer a shortcut into the labour market as many offices work internationally and don’t require employees to speak German.

New platform seeks to match skilled refugees with SA companies looking for new ideas

Australian entrepreneurs develop platform to help skilled refugees get experience in their preferred sector and companies benefit from their innovative thinking.

We Just Can’t Handle Diversity

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

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

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

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.

Stop making these excuses for the lack of diversity at your company

The results are in. They’ve been in for so long, so consistently, that they’ve become old news: diverse teams outperform.

Innovation Driver: Making the Business Case for Diversity

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

Why Diversity Never Comes to Some Workplaces

With so much on the line, why do so many firms still struggle with a lack of gender, race or age diversity within their ranks?

The Secret of Immigrant Genius

Having your world turned upside down sparks creative thinking.

Diversity Makes You Brighter

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

People with racially diverse friend groups are more productive

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

Why building a diverse work force is worth the effort

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

Diversity Makes You Smarter

There are lots of good, bleeding-heart reasons to value diversity, to see it as a noble end in and of itself. But there are some very practical reasons to seek it out, too, as a new article in Perspective on Psychological Science points out.

Five Trends Driving Workplace Diversity In 2015

Often criticized in the past as well-intentioned but stagnant, corporate diversity departments at major organizations have never been so visible.

Five reasons why diversity and inclusion matter to every business – and every employee

The evidence speaks for itself – and so does the everyday experience of businesses across the world.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada honours Safeway Operations, Sobeys Inc. for leadership role in hiring refugees

Safeway Operations, Sobeys Inc. is being recognized for its leadership role in improving the employment outcomes of refugees in the City of Calgary.

New etip: Brokering Success for New Canadians

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

Register for New Webinar: Government as Employer of Skilled Immigrants

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

New etip: Smart Business: Two Ideas to Tap into Newcomer Markets

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

New Video: Focusing on Diversity Leads to Growth and Innovation at RBC

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

Canada one of the World’s Most Popular Destinations for Job Seekers

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

New Video: RBC Finds that Paying Attention to Newcomers is Smart Business

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

New Ryerson-Maytree initiative set to advance the inclusion of immigrants and visible minorities

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

Career Edge and NACC Partner to Help Skilled Newcomers Join Canada’s Workforce

Helping immigrants re-launching their careers in Canada.

Business Leaders Call on Ottawa to Reverse ‘Alarming Slide’ in Skills Training

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

Skills-training Program in B.C. Aims to Curtail a Coming Jobs Crisis

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

Embracing Diversity Good for the Soul – and Business – says TD Bank CEO

Being on the right side of history is a positive.

The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2014 Announced

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

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

Leader and supporter of diversity for growth and innovation.

It’s Not Enough to Want a Diverse Workforce; You Have to Create One

Canadian companies are realizing the strategic importance of a diverse workforce.

New Success Story: Using a Diversity Lens Helps Scotiabank Succeed

Bank uses a variety of opportunities to tap into immigrant talent and therefore grow their business.

Canada Must See Immigration as a Competitive Edge

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

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

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

Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment

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

The Immigrant Experience in Canada: New Policies, New Economy, New Realities

A one-day conference presented by the RBC Chair in Applied Social Work Research and the RBC Chair in Public and Economic Policy at the University of Toronto.

Conference Board of Canada – Canadian Immigration Conference 2014: Enhancing Canada’s Immigration System

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

Hire Immigrants Ottawa 2014 Employer Excellence Awards

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

Canada’s Socio-Economic Sustainability at Risk

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?

Helping Newcomers Integrate into Canadian Labour Market

Recognizing Innovators for Work in Foreign Credential Recognition

Guelph-Wellington Immigration Partnership Employer Toolkit Now Available

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

RBC is Recognized as One of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2014

Bank acknowledged for its initiatives to attract, develop and retain a diversity of employees.

Skilled Immigrant Integration Around the Globe: A Look at What Other Countries Are Doing

How are other countries integrating skilled immigrants into their economies?

Breakfast with RBC’s Gordon Nixon hosted by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Mr. Nixon will share his perspectives on the value of a diverse workforce and the role immigration plays in developing an innovative economy.

Immigrant Unemployment: The More Education, the Bigger the Gap

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

Ryerson University to Launch RBC Immigrant Diversity and Inclusion Project

Donation from RBC opens doors for new research focused on new Canadians

Ottawa’s 2014 Immigration Plan Focuses on Economic Class

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

Workplace Diversity: ‘To Win in Your Market, You Need to Hire the Market’

Once considered primarily an issue of social responsibility, a growing number of organizations including RBC have embraced workplace diversity as the range of benefits – both financial and non-financial – have become more clear.

TRIEC 2003-2013: Building a Better Future

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

Pathways to Employment: Strengthening the Immigrant Connection

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

More Immigration or Bust

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

Ontario to Recognize Immigration Employment Leaders

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

People Without Jobs — Jobs Without People: Decoding Canada’s ‘Skills Crisis’

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

Embracing the New Demographic

L’Oréal Canada recognizes that diversity can be a key driver of the company’s growth.

Statistics Canada: Immigration and Ethnocultural Diversity in Canada

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

More Than One-Fifth of Canadians are Foreign-Born: National Household Survey

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

Five Ways Companies can Address a Shortage of Skills

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

Employers Must Take Proactive Approach to Integrating Immigrants

Employers have a responsibility to look for talent within Canada first and to integrate immigrants into their workforce — it’s the necessary thing to do.

Where Canada Stands in the Global Race for Talent

With a growing shortage of skilled workers developed nations and companies within them, including Canada, are looking at various sources for recruitment.

Skilled immigrants critical to innovation; savvy GTA employers tap into this talent pool

TRIEC and RBC recognize top employers who are leading the way in integrating skilled immigrant talent in the Greater Toronto Region labour market at the 7th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards

The Results Are in – Mentoring Skilled Immigrants Works!

A new report from ALLIES-Accenture confirms the positive impact of mentoring on skilled immigrants and the Canadian economy.

Celebrating Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians 2013

Recognizing the nation’s best employers for recent immigrants.

More Employers Adopt Good Immigrant Employment Practices

A new report from ALLIES highlights successful practices used by employers and provides several recommendations on how they can lead their peers to innovate and implement immigrant employment solutions.

Hire Immigrants Ottawa Summit Brings Together Partners Involved in Immigrant Employment Solutions

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.

Diversity in Management More of a Struggle for Private Companies

Companies that understand and reflect the diversity of Canadian society will do a better job of working with and selling to that society.

Build a diverse team to achieve global success

Although people with international business experience are high in demand, and smaller entrepreneurial companies might find it challenging to compete for them, there also is a large untapped immigrant population in Canada that might have that background and experience.

At these Firms, Inclusion and Diversity Matters

The 2013 winners of the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition were announced today, recognizing the nation’s most progressive organizations in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces including Accenture and William Osler Health System.

2013 Leaders in Diversity & Inclusion Recognized

Annual competition sponsored by BMO Financial Group recognizes Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.

How You Can Use to Improve Managing Immigrant Talent

With the start of the New Year, it is a good time to review what was most popular on and how you can use these resources to improve your work for the coming year.

Immigrants Lag Behind Canadian-born in Job Prospects

Immigrants are less likely to have a job than their Canadian-born counterparts, according to Statistics Canada data recently released.

Recording now Available: Canada’s Changing Immigration Policies – What Employers Need to Know

Canada’s immigration system is changing rapidly. The changes will affect the future labour pool and the way you manage skilled immigrant talent. Watch the webinar.

Mismatch in Job Market a Risk to Economy: CIBC

Canadian job seekers are such a square peg for the round hole of available work that there is little hope they’ll ever find employment in their field, even with an economic upswing, according to a new CIBC report.

Webinar: Canada’s Changing Immigration Policies – What Employers Need to Know

Register for new webinar and learn more about the changes to Canada’s immigration system and how they may affect your company’s human resources strategy.

Immigrant Employment Council of BC Accepting Applications for New Employer Innovation Fund

Apply now: funding initiative will assist BC employers, business associations and industry and sectoral organizations to attract, hire and retain skilled new immigrants.

It’s Talent, Not Canadian Work Experience, That Counts

Ottawa-based Pythian has built a strong reputation by focusing on securing the best global talent available and sharing their experiences with other Ottawa employers to foster diversity and inclusion.

Canada’s Skills Crisis and a Local Solution

The London Chamber of Commerce’s Global Experience @ Work project increased awareness among Chamber members of the need to attract, recruit, hire and retain skilled immigrants and to provides tools and resources to help members.

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

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

Diversity Makes Good Business Sense says TD Bank Boss

Canadian corporations not only have a moral responsibility to embrace diversity in hiring, it makes good business sense.

New Resource to Help Build Workplaces Inclusive of Skilled Immigrants

TRIEC launches new online learning hub for employers, HR leaders, community partners and immigrants

Leveraging Diversity is Smart Business

Living its value of ‘diversity for growth and innovation’, RBC has recognized the valuable skills and experience newcomers bring to businesses like theirs in the Halifax Region.

Making the Case for Employers to Tap into the Talents of Skilled Immigrants – a New Series

The business case for hiring skilled immigrant talent is clear to many of us. But it isn’t yet to everyone. That’s why we created

Multicultural Canada? There’s a Banking Job for That

As change has become a mantra in the business world, executive responsibilities and job titles are evolving quickly. The Globe and Mail’s Emerging Roles series asks Canadians about how their jobs are changing.

Are You Capitalizing on Migrant Labour?

Skilled immigrants are the answer to looming labour shortages and they also connect SMEs to important groups in the community By Caitlin Nobes, HRM Online According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, by 2031 some 80 per cent of […]

Edmonton’s population tops 817,000, census shows

Edmonton is becoming increasingly diverse and the city is becoming increasingly dependent on immigrants to address labour shortages

Aging Workforce an Economic Tsunami-in-Waiting

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

Thai Workers Flown In to Staff Newfoundland Fish Plant

Labour shortage leads to importation of 20 temporary foreign employees for Bay de Verde facility.

Immigrants Continue Their Struggle to Find Good Jobs

Census data shows Vancouver Island’s population is aging and highlights the need to increase the number of skilled immigrants coming to the region.

B.C. Needs More Skilled Immigrants Now

New report contains 10 key recommendations to increase the number of skilled immigrants and investors in B.C.

Harnessing Immigrant Mobility Means Prosperity for All Canadians

Numerous studies find immigration and economic growth go hand-in-hand.

Canada’s Building Boom Leaves Labour Pool Dry

Construction demand and an aging workforce will create ‘unprecedented demand’ on the labour market, forcing construction firms to tap into non-traditional labour sources including immigrants.

Why Canada Needs a Flood of Immigrants

The Globe and Mail is publishing an in-depth two-week series on why Canada needs to increase immigration and how to do it. In the first article, Joe Friesen talks about the need to radically increase immigration to fill labour shortages.

TRIEC Award Nominee Talks About Value of Immigrant Employees

MELLOWHAWK Logistics, nominated for a TRIEC Immigrant Success Award, believes immigrants, despite a lack of Canadian experience, are an advantage to the firm because of their international experience and connections.

Feds Create New Program To Draw Tradespeople

The new stream for workers in fields such as construction and manufacturing should be set up later this year, says Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

Is There A Payoff From Top-Team Diversity?

Between 2008 and 2010, companies with more diverse top teams were also top financial performers.

Canada Scraps Some Skilled Immigrant Applications

The federal government will scrap some 300,000 foreign skilled worker applications filed before Feb. 27, 2008, to make the system more efficient and better able to fill gaps in the labour force.

Conservatives Target Economy With Proposed Immigration Changes

Proposed changes include giving more power to the provinces, setting a minimum language standard, placing greater emphasis on skilled trades, younger workers and credentials that can be recognized more easily.

Ontario Developing ‘First-ever’ Immigration Strategy

The Ontario government is establishing a roundtable to examine ways immigration can support the province’s economic development and ensure new Ontarians find jobs.

Vital to attract skilled immigrants

While immigration will continue to play a large role in boosting Canada’s economy, it is particularly important to put an emphasis on accepting skilled immigrants, who tend to be the most successful once in Canada.

Census: Newcomers Drive Population Growth

Immigrants account for two-thirds of Canada’s population growth and this is projected to increase to 80 per cent by 2031, according to StatsCan.

Canada’s Job Crunch Would Ease By Targeting Immigration To Long-Term Labour Needs: TD Bank

Raising the employment rate of immigrants to match the Canadian-born, there would be about 370,000 extra people at work, helping employers fill skill shortages.

Immigrant Drop Imperils Ontario Economy

Ontario attracting fewer immigrants as other provinces use provincial nominee programs to target immigrants, including skilled tradespeople.

Newcomers to fill one-third of B.C. job openings by 2020

B.C. is facing a shortage of 61,500 workers by 2020, but the skilled trades will face shortfall by 2016. Proposed changes to immigration system would bring in more skilled tradespeople.

Changes to Immigration System Will Help Canada Bring In Tradespeople: Kenney

Changing the points system to recognize the skilled trades will help attract workers to fill labour shortages in specific areas.

New Funding Will Attract Foreign Trained Health Workers, Study Best Practises

New program will help foreign-trained health professionals improve their English language skills and obtain Saskatchewan credentials to help fill demand for health-care workers.

Immigrants Bring Wealth of Work Skills

Manitoba has welcomed 900 African provincial nominee immigrants in the past 4 years, many of whom work at Maple Leaf Foods in Brandon.

Diversity in Workplace Enhances Bottom Line: Study

The more diverse a company’s workforce is, the more loyal, happy and productive its employees tend to be.

Tapping Into the Immigrant Talent Pool

Maytree’s Ratna Omidvar explains the benefits of hiring immigrants and how small business owners can connect with this rapid-growing segment of the labour market.

Productivity woes aggravated by failure to hire new immigrants

Report from Deloitte says Canada risks losing growing global war for talent.

Immigrants essential, says Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Calgary is a meritocracy with focus on skills, not where you’re from, says Nenshi. Last year, 70 per cent of engineers accredited in Alberta were foreign trained.

Employee turnover on the rise: HR Metrics Service

More employees are resigning and employers are facing key skills shortages

Welcoming Qualified Newcomers Is a Sound Economic Strategy

Reducing the number of immigrants is bad economic policy, say Quebec business groups.

Study: Projected Trends to 2031 For The Canadian Labour Force

Labour force growth is slowing and 33% of workers will be foreign-born by 2031, according to StatsCan

Pilot Project Allows TFW Family Members To Work For Any Employer In B.C.

Project aims to attract more working families to the province

Forbes Survey: Workplace Diversity Key to Innovation

Workplace diversity programs have become key to driving innovation among the world’s most prominent businesses, according to a Forbes study.

Make Temporary Foreign Workers Permanent, Urges Alberta

Temporary workers play critical role in Canada’s future economy, says Alberta’s immigration minister

Goodbye Green Gables: Chinese immigrants transforming P.E.I.’s cultural landscape

China has been the chief source of immigration to P.E.I. for the past five years, with nearly 2,400 newcomers arriving between 2006 and 2009 alone.

Newcomers face under-employment challenges: RBC poll

49 per cent of newcomers who have been in Canada for one year or less feel under-employed, according to an RBC poll.

Fast-tracking immigrants leads to jobs, investment

An evaluation of B.C.’s provincial nominee program finds communities and families have benefited from the program through investment, job creation and meeting employers’ demand for skilled workers.

Immigration as an asset

Ottawa launches city-wide strategy to attract skilled immigrants and help them successfully integrate.

Gearing Up For a New Labour Crunch

Oil sands companies are again set to boost hiring of temporary workers from overseas.

Immigrants Choosing To Locate In Peterborough County

Newcomers will help county address labour shortages, says immigrant integration council.

Tapping Canada’s Immigrant Capital

1 in 5 employers have hired a skilled immigrant to help them expand overseas: Survey.

Tech Sector Facing Shortage of Qualified People in Canada

One solution to ICT labour shortage: Integrate more foreign-educated workers into workforce.

Xerox Survey: Immigrants Bring Innovation

The Xerox Research Centre of Canada released this week a survey that shows that many Canadian businesses associate diversity with innovation, despite the ongoing hiring difficulties faced by skilled immigrant workers in the real world.

The Way We Will Be

In 10 years managers will face a work force that is older and even more diverse. And they will have to compete for the privilege.