The International Metropolis Project is a Canadian and European apolitical, not for profit, initiative that has successfully held annual International Conferences in every corner of the world for the last 22 years. This year, in cooperation with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the International Metropolis Conference 2019, will take place in Ottawa/Gatineau from June 24 to 28. This unprecedented event marks the first time the National Capital Region has been selected to host a gathering of this caliber. We expect up to 1200 delegates from foreign governments, academia and civil society around the world. The theme of the conference is: The Promise of Migration: Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation.
Hire Immigrants will be participating in two workshops with international delegates to share and learn from best practices in immigrant receiving countries.
Network Effect: Learn how local networks support immigrant employment outcomes in Germany, Canada and the US
Wednesday, June 26 | 2:00pm-3:30pm (EST)
Looming labour shortages, skill mismatches and retention challenges are the reality for many cities worldwide as they grapple with a myriad of structural, economic and demographic changes in their respective regions. Immigrants represent a unique talent pool that can fill many of the shortages faced by local businesses, but many regions have difficulty attracting immigrants, and now more than ever, they need immigrants to not only come, but stay. In Germany, Canada and the United States, creative local initiatives have evolved to encompass a network of NGOs, government entities and other local leaders to develop measures to tap into, and fully leverage, the skills immigrants bring. In this workshop, learn more about three unique initiatives: the Welcoming Economies Global Network (U.S.A.); the IQ Network (Germany); and the ALiGN Network model (Canada).
Thinking Outside the Box: Innovative Pathways to Refugee Employment
Wednesday, June 26 | 4:00pm-5:30pm (EST)
In this workshop, representatives from refugee-receiving communities will discuss innovative models developed to ease refugee pathways to employment and support the invaluable work of employment counsellors and settlement workers. From Canada, the new ALiGN Network Model will be presented, exploring a new assessment tool to be used in close collaboration with employment agencies, which assist in overcoming the frequent barrier of Canadian work-related experience and the inability to translate refugee skills to the needs of Canadian employers. The model utilizes a unique data-matching technology to create fit-based matches between job seekers to in-demand occupations, demonstrating through unconventional means the skills and competencies refugees bring to Canada. From Sweden, the Entry Hub Model will demonstrate the power of local stakeholder collaboration in creating opportunities for integration, and the necessity to engage local leaders, employers, community organizations and refugees themselves in the creation of pathways to meaningful employment. Reimagining hiring practices to address language barriers and highlight work-related skills has been pivotal in aligning program development with labour market needs.