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June 20, 2017 Canada

World Refugee Day: Employer Champions Investing in Refugee Talent

The Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable brought together representatives from different sectors in the Greater Toronto Area – business, government and non-profit organizations – all focusing on identifying employment opportunities for Syrian newcomers and matching their talent to the needs of employers. On World Refugee Day, employer champions from the Roundtable are sharing their success in recruiting, […]

April 26, 2017 Canada

Employers Taking Action: Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda

“I’m in Canada – next step is to find a job”- Wael Haddad, Lending Service Officer, Scotiabank, arrived as a Syrian refugee in January 2016 In a competitive job market and being new to Canada, many Syrian refugees, like other skilled newcomer professionals, find it difficult to secure a good job and connect to employers […]

April 20, 2017 Canada

Ottawa pilots ‘name-blind’ recruitment to reduce ‘unconscious bias’ in hiring

By Nicholas Keung, Immigration Reporter This story originally appeared in the The Toronto Star Six federal ministries and departments will remove information revealing an applicant’s race and ethnicity from the application and resume to stop hiring biases against minority candidates. Ottawa has launched a pilot project to reduce biases in the hiring of federal civil […]

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June 29, 2018 Refugees

Resources for Newcomer Entrepreneurs in the GTA

Did you know that many organizations in the GTA provide free services for newcomer entrepreneurs to help them a start business? Below is a list of some key resources that include courses, workshops, mentoring, tips, tools, information, and funding options. Organization Resources ACCES Employment Entrepreneurship Connections Program for newcomer entrepreneurs providing individual coaching to start a […]

April 3, 2017 Hire

Metropolis Conference 2017: Workshop Highlights

On March 16-18th 2017, the City of Montreal hosted the 19th National Metropolis Conference, the annual forum for researchers, policy makers, and representatives from community and settlement organizations to share and exchange knowledge and experience in the field of immigration and settlement. This year’s theme, Looking Forward: Migration and Mobility in 2017 and Beyond, included […]

August 29, 2016 Hire

Diverse recruitment: Tips for Inclusive Recruitment & Interviewing

Content for this article originally appeared in “Recruiting for Success: A Recruiting Firm’s Take on Diversity Recruiting” in JER HR Group August 2016 Newsletter Establishing inclusive recruitment practices is an important step to reach the broadest talent pool.  Companies can rely too heavily on dated practices that unwittingly limit hiring access to just a segment […]

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June 20, 2017 Canada

[Interview] Construction Trades Program: Innovative Partnership for Refugee Employment

LiUNA! Local 506 serves a diverse group of over 8,000 workers in the construction and industrial sectors. It considers itself one of the most multicultural unions in North America. After joining the Syrian Refugees Jobs Agenda Roundtable in late 2015, it was clear that LiUNA! could respond to employment needs to Syrian newcomers, while meeting growing labour […]

March 13, 2017 Canada

[Interview] World Education Services on Credential Assessment

Canada welcomes highly-skilled and qualified immigrants each year; to fully realize the benefit of highly-skilled immigrants, employers often require support to appreciate the qualifications that newcomers bring from abroad. Read this interview with WES to learn more about its services, and how they support employers assess candidates.

May 31, 2016 Canada

[Interview] Nomz CEO Jana Al Zaibak on Hiring a Refugee Workforce

Employment is key to the successful settlement of all newcomers, including refugees. More often than not, employers find that hiring newcomers is a solid return on their human resources investment. Nomz founder and CEO Jana Al Zaibak credits her refugee employees with her business success. Jana Al Zaibak, founder and CEO of Nomz Based in Toronto, […]

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