Creative practices in recruiting and integrating skilled immigrants can build an organization’s brand as an employer of choice, helping them win the war for top talent, and lead to a more innovative and productive workforce.
This webinar highlights award-winning practices from the winners of the 2012 Best Employers for New Canadians competition and offers advice to other employers looking for ways to best tap into and integrate this talent pool.
Speakers: Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Helmut Hager and Cindy Laporte of TELUS Corporation, and Lianne Landry of NTT DATA Canada, Inc. (formerly Keane, Inc.).
What Employers Need to Know
- Mentoring is the most popular initiative among winners of the Best Employers for New Canadians competition and this was reflected in a poll of webinar participants, with 100 per cent of respondents indicating their organizations have a mentoring program as part of their recruitment and integration efforts.
- Among this year’s winners, the focus of many programs is on helping new Canadians overcome employment barriers, such as the requirement for Canadian experience, education or credentials. Initiatives include bridging programs, internships, transitional employment and financial support to cover the cost of professional development courses.
- Low-cost initiatives — such as wage subsidies, work placements, mentoring, cultural celebrations and buddy programs — can have the biggest impact in terms of educating employees about the value of skilled immigrants and increasing employee engagement and retention.
Watch the Webinar
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Table of Contents
Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, talk about the Best Employers for New Canadians competition and how practices have evolved.
Lianne Landry, Senior Human Resources Business Partner for Canada, talks about NTT DATA’s English as a Second Language training, participation in wage subsidy and work placement programs, and cultural awareness program.
Helmut Hager, Talent Solutions Director of Executive Recruitment and Strategic Sourcing, talks about TELUS’ recruitment strategy, new-hire orientation, buddy program and culture and diversity training.
Cindy Laporte, HR Manager, talks about TELUS’ involvement with community mentoring programs and the benefits of these programs for the company.
Ms. Leung offers advice for employers just starting out and she and Mr. Yerema lead the question and answer session.
- Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services (ISIS): NTT DATA works with this immigrant settlement agency in Halifax, which provides various programs and supports for employers looking to recruit and integrate skilled immigrants, including a wage subsidy program and English in the workplace training.
- Immigrant Employment Councils: TELUS works with Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC) by providing volunteer mentors for ERIEC’s Career Mentorship Program and is beginning to work with The Mentoring Partnership, a program of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).
- Local Resources: Use this map to find your local immigrant employment council and links to websites that will help you find government and community supports for immigrants and employers in your area.
- ALLIES National Mentoring Initiative: This initiative supports employers in launching mentoring programs in multiple cities. You can also find resources, such as a mentoring toolkit and resource documents, to help you start a mentoring program in your organization.
- Webinar Slides: Download a PDF version of the webinar slides.