By Sean Stanleigh
In July, we wrote about a new project spearheaded by the charitable agency Maytree Foundation under its Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies (ALLIES), which was working to come up with strategies to connect small businesses with immigrant talent.
ALLIES, in partnership with The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, began the new initiative last October, conducting consultations with small businesses and planning to use the findings to help formulate pilot projects.
A report released Tuesday is the result of the first stages of the research project “exploring existing policies, programs and initiatives that engage or otherwise influence the human resource practices of SMEs,” the executive summary reads. “The overall goal is to develop new, innovative ideas, and to promote promising programs that encourage SMEs to hire skilled immigrants.”
Maytree studied efforts in 10 provinces and 20 cities across Canada, setting up about 50 interviews, and the foundation came up with eight practical ideas to help immigrants find jobs commensurate with their experience and to provide small and medium-sized businesses with the opportunity to dip into a broader talent pool. SMBs, the summary adds, “may be unfamiliar with the business case for immigration, and may not be engaged in long-term human resource planning. In addition, tools and human resources workshops aimed at employers are disproportionately used by large organizations.”