Global Talent for Small and Medium Enterprises: Finding Solutions

A new report released by ALLIES highlights new ways to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to hire skilled immigrants.


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have enormous potential as employers of skilled immigrants. At the same time, they can benefit from the skills, experience and innovation that skilled immigrants can bring to their organizations. Our research looks at programs and policies that can engage and influence the human resource practices of SMEs.

Gobal Talent for SMEs highlights findings of a year-long study of new, innovative and promising initiatives that can help connect SMEs with the skilled immigrant labour pool. The findings draw on the input of nearly 300 SMEs from five Canadian cities, individual interviews, and an online survey conducted by the Conference Board of Canada. Earlier findings resulting from a review of policies and programs aimed at SMEs, and interviews with more than 50 stakeholders Canada-wide, were summarized in an October 2011 interim report (English (5MB) | French (5MB)).

Among others, the report recommends:

  • New ways of communicating to SMEs – for example, to deliver or market programs through individuals and organizations that SMEs trust, such as accountants, industry and professional associations, and peers;
  • That government and others provide more services to SMEs that facilitate workplace integration – all while making sure that their interactions with small business are simple, straightforward and fast; and
  • A public awareness and media campaign with national and local mainstream media to promote the benefits of hiring skilled immigrants in Canada.

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