Employer Success Stories - Managing a Diverse Workforce

Construction Union Trains and Tests in Native Language

The construction industry in Canada is a significant economic driver, accounting for 9% of Canada’s GDP. Future labour demands are high and immigrants are important.

A Page for Immigrant Diversity from the Gender Diversity Handbook? Lloyds Sets Diversity Rules for Top Job Shortlists

Lloyds Banking Group announced earlier this year that candidate shortlists for high-level bank positions will not be considered if they don’t meet new gender criteria. It’s not difficult to imagine a similar strategy in place to meet other diversity types, like immigrant and visible minority diversity.

Palliser Builds a Workforce alongside its Furniture

With a long history in immigrant employment, Palliser has key lessons for employers seeking to become more immigrant and diversity confident. From renewed hiring practice, to on-the-job training, to leadership from the top.

Enbridge Lays Down the Pipelines for Immigrant Talent to Succeed

Enbridge has long been deliberate about creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace, making it an employer of choice for immigrant talent.

A Window of Opportunity to Boost Employee Morale

Alberta employer of diverse workforce uses corporate chaplaincy program to help employees overcome personal challenges

New Canadians Help Each Other and all Staff to Succeed at RBC

Employee resource group fosters success through networking, peer coaching and mentoring.

Using a Diversity Lens Helps Scotiabank Succeed

Bank uses a variety of opportunities to tap into immigrant talent and therefore grow their business.

Investing in Staff Helps Teshmont Consulting Engage and Retain their Employees

Small engineering firm boosts retention of new immigrants by educating all employees about its various employee-focused programs.

Self-Declaration Form asks Manitoba Hydro Employees to Disclose Immigrant Status

Voluntary form allows the utility company to better understand immigrant workforce.

RBC: Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce that is Representative of the Wider Community

A diverse workforce allows the bank to better serve a diverse client base, thus attracting more business.

Career Bridge Internships a Win-Win for St. Michael’s Hospital

Structured program allows hospital to assess skilled immigrants’ suitability for permanent jobs.

Reflecting the City: Employment Equity at Work – City of Saskatoon

Building a workforce that is representative of a newly diverse population through community outreach, partnerships and pre-employment coaching.

Syncrude Strengthens its Workforce by Recognizing Foreign Skills and Experience

Syncrude realizes it needs to have the most talented workforce in the field. It is doing this by hiring skilled immigrants that bring a wealth of skills and experience and they are also retaining them by providing an inclusive working environment.

3M Uses Language Game to Build Cultural Competence

A five-minute language exercise helps 3M supervisors better understand the experiences of skilled immigrant employees who speak English as a second language.

Walmart provides a foot in the door

Tailored orientation and mentoring help a skilled immigrant move from a junior to senior role.

Mentoring is a Two-Way Street

In a mentoring relationship, both mentees and mentors learn from each other. One mentor from Canadian Pacific learned about new technologies he will be able to incorporate into his own job, thus building his capacity and boosting his employer’s competitive edge.

The ABCs of Safety at BC Hydro

BC Hydro offers English courses to ensure employees are able to communicate effectively with team members, which boosts their ability to work safely.

Leadership Development Program Helps Diverse Employees Reach Top Roles at Pitney Bowes

An accelerated leadership development program and leadership review process ensures skilled immigrants aren’t overlooked for senior positions.

KPMG Takes a Holistic Approach to Integrating Skilled Immigrants

The accounting firm integrates immigrant professionals by prioritizing transferable skills during the hiring process, developing customizable onboarding programs and encouraging business development through social support networks.

Mentoring Leads To More Engaged And Inclusive Workforce at St. Mike’s Hospital

Other employers can use the hospital’s mentoring program guidebook to create their own internal mentoring programs.

Cross-Cultural Training Helps Skilled Immigrants Integrate At Deloitte

Cultural Navigator Tool clarifies cultural differences in the workplace, such as hierarchical nuances, reporting relationships and feedback.

Buddy Program and Communication Training Boost Skilled Immigrant Integration at Gennum

New employees are matched with a staff member from the same culture and are offered various communication courses, along with a professional development plan.

Employee Survey Helps Mount Sinai Target Diversity Initiatives

Leadership support of the survey encouraged more employees to participate and the hospital found internationally educated professionals were less likely than Canadian-trained professionals to be working in jobs that used their credentials.

Cross-Cultural Guide Helps Nurses Treat Diverse Patients

Providence Health Care has created various tools to help nurses communicate with and treat patients from different cultures.

Iris Power Engineering Uncovers the Talents Of Skilled Immigrant Employees

Regular meetings allow employees to discuss their skills and how they can be applied to help the company achieve its goals.

Inclusiveness Leaders and Champions Support Diversity Efforts Throughout Ernst & Young

Leaders throughout the firm have taken on the responsibility of ensuring inclusiveness is top of mind for all employees.

Ernst & Young Makes Diversity a Strategic Imperative

The accounting firm has various diversity initiatives, including internal mentoring programs and networking events, as well as leadership conferences, all supported by the CEO.

Mentoring Builds Leadership Skills and Opens Doors for Immigrants at City Of Toronto

The program provides skilled immigrants with practical advice and the opportunity to build their networks while the City’s workforce builds their cross-cultural competence and leadership skills.

Culture Training and Job Placements Helps Cambiran Credit Union Address Labour Shortage

Cambrian partners with Manitoba government and other credit unions to prepare newcomers for jobs in financial services.

Engineering Firm Turns To Skilled Immigrants for Hard-To-Find Skills

Teshmont’s investment in skilled new immigrants is helping to secure a strong pool of management candidates for the future.