Canadian Employers Hiring Immigrant Workers

2009-06-17
CIC is moving towards a system where many immigrants will have to find a Canadian employer as part of the immigration process. To this end, CIC is making it easier for employers to hire potential immigrants:
The Government of Canada introduces new resource for employers interested in hiring internationally trained workers

Ottawa, June 16, 2009 — A new resource to help guide employers through the hiring process for internationally trained workers was announced today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

“The Government of Canada is committed to improving the labour market integration of internationally trained workers – this is essential to building a strong Canada: socially, culturally and economically,” said Minister Kenney.

“Employers are key partners in helping internationally trained workers find jobs in their areas of training, and this resource makes it easier for employers to assess their qualifications.”

The Employer’s Roadmap will help employers meet their labour needs and will allow skilled newcomers to put their knowledge and training to work in Canada more quickly.

“This is a practical resource that employers in any sector will find useful in helping to meet their staffing needs and improve their competitiveness in a rapidly changing economy,” said Andrew Cardozo, Executive Director, The Alliance of Sector Councils (TASC). “The Employer’s Roadmap is exactly what is needed to make the process of hiring and retaining internationally trained workers a lot more efficient.”

The Employer’s Roadmap addresses questions many employers have about hiring internationally trained workers, such as how to recruit, assess and select them. It also includes suggestions on how to integrate and retain these workers once they become new employees.

Information is also provided on the range of national and regional resources available across the country to support employers.

The Employer’s Roadmap is the result of a partnership between the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO), part of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and TASC. It is one of several measures that the Government of Canada is taking to help newcomers successfully integrate into the Canadian labour market as quickly as possible.

In addition, Canada’s Economic Action Plan includes an investment of $50 million over two years to support the development of a common approach to foreign credential recognition.

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile

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