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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.

Maple Leaf Foods Connects to Recruit Newcomers

Maple Leaf Foods gives workers the tools and supports they need to do their job. Offering on-site English language classes is one way to welcome their newcomer employees.

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.

Idea We’re Watching: “Project Ahlan” has Australian Restaurants Readying to Welcome Syrian Refugees

The owners of Almond Bar restaurant are partnering up with local chefs, restaurant owners, and immigrant serving agencies in Sydney, Australia, to welcome Syrian newcomers with training and job opportunities.

Mock Interviews by Cinnzeo Bakeries a Way to Support Newcomers and Source Talent

Some companies find it challenging to source immigrant talent. Not Cinnzeo Bakeries. The Calgary-based retailer of cinnamon buns meets directly with job candidates through volunteerism, an approach that supports job seekers and the company’s recruitment needs.

Brains for Trains: Harnessing Diversity for Global Success

A Canadian transportation employer taps into city’s multilingual workforce to bridge cultures while doing business worldwide.

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.

Using a Diversity Lens Helps Scotiabank Succeed

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

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.

Bridging Program Connects Mount Sinai Hospital with Internationally-Trained Nurses

To better recruit and retain internationally-educated professionals you need to tap into various sources to ensure you are reaching the best candidates.

Work Placement Program a Win-Win for Skilled Immigrants and Assiniboine Credit Union

The 12-week placement also includes 4 weeks of culture and communication training.

City of Montreal’s Internships Give Newcomers First ‘Canadian’ Experience

Program helps newcomers integrate into Quebec workforce through on-the-job training, mentoring and coaching.

FMC Takes Innovative Approach to Help Foreign-Trained Lawyer Overcome Licensing Barrier

Fraser Milner Casgrain teams up with Deloitte to create a shared articling position for a highly skilled lawyer from India.

The City of Calgary Boosts Candidates’ Success

The City of Calgary holds regular employment forums for skilled immigrants about job opportunities and hiring practices.

i³ International Focuses On Skills and Experience, Not Country Of Origin

When recruiting, the small tech company looks for relevant experience and language skills in line with the position.

Immigrant HR Administrator Increases Openness in Recruiting At i³ International

When interviewed by a skilled immigrant, a newcomer candidate gets the clear message the tech company promotes and values diversity.

CIBC Sources Skilled Immigrants In Toronto Area

Career fairs, credential recognition services and internships are some of the ways the bank finds skilled immigrants.

Halifax Company Uses Settlement Agency to Find Immigrants

Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services provides Maple Trade Finance access to candidates with the language and cultural skills to help the company succeed on a global scale.

Bias-Free Hiring Process Ensures Equal Access to Employment At Hummingbird

Hummingbird’s clear guidelines for recruitment and screening create a bias-free and consistent hiring process.

AMEX Canada Uses A Broad Recruitment Strategy To Find Skilled Immigrants

Government agencies, community organizations, ethnic media and employees are all sources of skilled immigrants.

St. Michael’s Hospital Makes Skilled Immigrant Inclusion Part of Strategic Plan

The hospital is combining foresight and planning to help create a diverse workforce that interacts harmoniously with the community it serves.

Business Development Bank of Canada Values International Experience

Hiring tests assess skills, regardless of where they’re obtained, and cultural awareness sessions help skilled immigrants fit in.

Associated Engineering Helps Foreign-Trained Engineers Become Accredited In Canada

Engineering firm provides study aids, work experience and training to international engineers, who are an excellent source of much needed talent

Capgemini Taps CASIP’s Job Developers Network for Skilled Immigrant Talent

The CASIP Job Developers Network is an official Capgemini recruiter. With pre-screened candidates and no placement fee, the network saves Capgemini time and money. Since January 2009 the company has hired three referrals from the network.

More than One-Third of Engineers Hired At Husky Are Skilled Immigrants

Husky tracks employees by skill and educational background to better understand which international institutions are more likely to produce high-potential candidates.

Teranet Teaches Soft Communication Skills on The Job

Accent and word usage have no bearing on an applicant’s ability to do the job.

Engineering Consulting Firm Looks Beyond Canadian Experience

LEA International focuses on competency and credibility when selecting candidates.

Internship a Win-Win for Providence Health Care and Internationally Educated Nurses

The publicly funded internship program allows internationally educated nurses to earn licensure hours and helps hospitals address skilled labour shortages.

Cross-Cultural Awareness Makes Employees Feel Included at ATI

Language classes and diversity training create an inclusive environment for a diverse workforce of skilled employees.

Skilled Immigrants Have the Specific Technical Skills ATI Needs

ATI often seeks specific skill sets that are not widely found in the Canadian labour force. Its HR strategy has been expanded to source candidates from foreign universities and labour markets.

Apotex Offers Business English Courses to Enhance Integration

Employees who fit in and communicate well with the rest of the workforce will remain with the organization and contribute to its growth.

Team Approach Reduces Bias during Recruitment at NoAb

Multiple people review resumés and interview candidates then share their perspectives to make the hiring decision.

Iris Power Engineering Uses Skills-Based Assessments During Recruitment

Role-specific tests, rather than conversation-based interviews, are used to assess a candidate’s competency.

Volunteers, Mentees and Interns Are All Sources of Skilled Immigrant Talent

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority encourages employees to mentor skilled immigrants and recognizes the value of newcomer volunteers and interns.

Conservation Authority Engages Skilled Immigrants as Volunteers and Employees

Understanding cultural experiences of nature, identifying barriers in the hiring process and providing diversity training are all part of TRCA’s efforts to attract skilled immigrants.

Conservation Authority Removes Barriers and Shares the Value Of Diversity

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority changed several HR policies after working with a diversity consultant to remove some of the unintentional barriers in its hiring process.

Magna’s Employee Charter Guides Fair and Inclusive Hiring Practices

The company values skills, regardless of where they’re obtained, and offers equal employment opportunities based on qualifications and performance.

Hiring Immigrants Helps RBC Serve Multicultural Customers

Changing demographics prompted RBC to implement a recruitment strategy targeted at skilled immigrants.

IBM Creates a Structured, Bias-Free Recruitment Process

Recruiting team reflects diversity and uses behaviour-based structured interviewing to find best possible candidates, regardless of where they come from.

National Bank Focuses On the ‘Whole Package’ When Recruiting

The bank works with immigrant-serving organizations and trains managers on different cultures to access talented diverse candidates.

Partnering With Associations and Schools Helps Duke Energy Recruit Skilled Immigrants

Professional organizations and training programs give employers access to highly skilled immigrants.

A Community Approach Attracts Immigrants to Rodrigues Winery

Winery offers help with travel and housing arrangements and introduces newcomers to members of the community in rural Newfoundland.

Police Force Recruits Diverse Talent to Better Reflect Communities

The Ottawa Police Service wanted to ensure the force would reflect the more than sixty cultural communities it served so it designed a new recruitment program to ensure the recruitment process was open to all cultures and provided promising candidates with ESL training when necessary.

Convergys Works With Community Agencies for Recruitment and Training

Agencies provide training for skilled immigrants, as well as cultural awareness training for managers to ensure a fair and open work environment.