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Canada wastes the skills of its immigrants, and the economy suffers as a result
Globe & Mail | Claudia Hepburn, CEO, Windmill Microlending | June 15, 2023
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has predicted Canada’s economic growth will be dead last among 40 advanced economies over the next half decade. This shocking statistic is based on per capita growth in gross domestic product, which is the country’s productivity divided by the total population. How can we fix that?
Ontario Removing Unfair Work Barriers for Skilled Newcomers
Professional Engineers Ontario first regulated profession to remove Canadian experience requirement following provincial legislation.
The Ontario government is leading the country with changes to help internationally-trained immigrants work in the fields they’ve studied in. After introducing historic legislation that banned regulated professions from requiring Canadian work experience in more than 30 occupations, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) are the first association to remove it from their application criteria. This has the potential to help thousands of otherwise-qualified professionals pursue their dreams over the coming years, all while maintaining Ontario’s world-class licensing and exam requirements.
Celebrating diversity with Canada’s 5-Star DE&I Employers
Canadian HR Report| August 17, 2023
Canadian HR Reporter recognizes the 5-Star DE&I Employers of 2023 for their outstanding efforts to create a more inclusive future in HR. These top-tier employers are setting the bar for DE&I initiatives by clearly defining their objectives and backing them through industry-leading policies positively shaping their workplaces.
Canada’s immigration increase alone won’t fix the labour market, experts say
Canadian Press | February 1, 2023
Experts say Canada’s plan to increase immigration may ease some pressures in the labour market, but bigger changes are needed to ensure new permanent residents are matched with the jobs that most need filling.
With the unemployment rate at historic lows, many companies are “starved” for workers, and new immigrants will help fill some of the need, said Ravi Jain, principal at Jain Immigration Law and co-founder of the Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association.
The federal government’s new immigration plan calls for the admission of 1.45 million more new permanent residents over the next three years, beginning with 465,000 in 2023 and reaching 500,000 in 2025. That’s compared with 341,000 in 2019.
Government of Canada launches new resource toolkit in support of the 50 – 30 Challenge
September 29, 2022
Canadian organizations are now better equipped to meet their diversity and inclusion goals with the What Works Toolkit
Equity, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to Canada’s economy, both now and in the future. When senior executives are reflective of Canada’s diversity, businesses and organizations of all sizes benefit. The Government of Canada believes that corporate Canada should look like Canada and that bringing broader perspectives and talents to decision-making bodies is essential to building a stronger and more resilient economy.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, launched the What Works Toolkit, an extensive online resource designed for Canadian organizations looking to adopt better equity and diversity practices. The toolkit was created in partnership with KPMG in Canada and is hosted online by the Diversity Institute, one of the five Ecosystem Partners that support the 50 – 30 Challenge.
Canada introduces strengthened protections for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
CIC News | October 13, 2022
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) alongside Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations concerning Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs).
In all there are 13 amendments designed to strengthen protections for TFWs and enhance the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP).
Conversations That Matter: Canada needs immigrants
Even with uncertain economic conditions ahead, Canada’s labour market is still hot, unemployment is running at 4.9 per cent, which is, in essence, full employment. There are more than one million job vacancies across the country. Some sectors, like health care and social services, are experiencing vacancies and demand for workers climb ever higher.
The Immigrant Employment Council of B.C. develops and promotes solutions for B.C. employers to attract, hire and retain immigrant talent that can meet current and future labour force needs. Its employer-focused resources and programs help businesses of all sizes and sectors across B.C. integrate skilled immigrants into workplaces.
The CEO of the Immigrant Employment Council of B.C., Patrick MacKenzie, recently attended the Transatlantic Council on Migration in Berlin. The Council is a high-level body of elected and public service leaders that examine vital policy issues and then seeks to influence migration policy-making processes across Europe, North America, and Australia.
Express Entry: Canada invites skilled immigrants overseas for first time since 2020
By Kareem El-Assal | CIC News
Canada has invited Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) candidates for the first time since December 2020.
Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates were also included in today’s Express Entry draw. This marks the first time since September 2021 that CEC candidates have been included in an Express Entry draw.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited a total of 1,500 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score was 557.