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 the countries’ population growth will come from immigration. Currently in Toronto, almost 20 per cent of the workforce is comprised of migrants – finding a skilled worker in that talent pool can give companies a boost to accessing international markets or specific local groups.
Peter Paul, project leader of ALLIES (Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies), says the conversation around hiring immigrants needs to move discussions of demographics.
“It’s not just big companies like banks,” Paul said. “For small and medium companies hiring immigrants can give access to important groups in the community.”
From language skills to insight into community preferences, hiring immigrants can give companies an advantage within their industry.
HR are often concerned about how they can feel confident in a potential employee’s qualifications and experience, but since international communication has become easy and instantaneous, checking references for immigrant candidates can be just as easy as for locals. A quick internet search will usually reveal the details of an institution or course.