Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians have long recognized that you need skilled immigrants for your business to succeed. On March 29, 2011, hireimmigrants.ca hosted a webinar with representatives of two of the winning companies talking about how they integrate skilled immigrants into their workforces. Editors of the 2011 competition also talk about best practices and trends in recruitment and integration of skilled immigrants.
Speakers: Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung of Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians, Pauline Gavilanez of Wardop Engineering and Marta Rzeszowska Chavent of Deloitte.
What Employers Need to Know
- Wardrop Engineering supports new Canadians in obtaining their Canadian professional designations through in-house mentoring and development programs.
- Deloitte’s buddy program for new employees helps skilled immigrants integrate into the firm.
- Winners of the Best Employers for New Canadians have moved from focusing on creating a welcoming environment to creating more substantial connections through mentoring and employee resource groups.
- Paid internships and work placements provide newcomers with a practical way to access employment.
Download the slides and watch the full webinar below:
- Best Employers for New Canadians: See who made the list in 2011 and why, as well as past winners.
- Immigrant employment councils: These councils across the country can help employers start or improve initiatives to attract, integrate and retain skilled immigrants through various programs including mentoring.
- Career Bridge: This paid internship program that responds to Canada’s labour market demand for internationally qualified professionals and to aspirations of qualified immigrants eager to work in their professional fields in Canada.
- Attracting, Retaining and Integrating Skilled Immigrants: An Analysis of Canada’s Leading Employers: An ALLIES report examining companies shortlisted for the Best Employers for New Canadians Competition identified trends in the recruitment, retention and integration of skilled immigrants.
- Ways to find and connect with skilled immigrants: Workopolis Niche Networks (national), YMCA (national), LinkedIn (national), MOSAIC (BC), Immigrant Services Society of BC (BC), ACCES Employment (Ontario), Micro Skills (Ontario), Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (Alberta), Calgary Immigrant Women Association (Alberta), Regina Open Door Society (Manitoba), Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services (Nova Scotia).