Increasing international competition for talent requires that Canada make effective use of the skills immigrants bring to this country. As employers struggle with the challenge of finding qualified employees to meet immediate and ongoing needs, many are turning to innovative solutions to find, recruit, and retain immigrant talent.
The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) provides these solutions
through partnerships with employers, industry and business associations, and governments. IEC-BC’s resources and programs help businesses of all sizes, and from all sectors, effectively integrate newcomers into the workplace, starting even before they arrive in Canada.
Key initiatives include the FAST Program, which provides a suite of pre-arrival services to prepare newcomers for the world of work in Canada,and JobConnect, a program that gives employers access to a pool of job-ready newcomers seeking employment. IEC-BC’s MentorConnect Program brings together established Canadian professionals and job-ready immigrants for occupation-specific coaching, while its easy-to-use toolkits, tip sheets and webinars offer additional professional-development opportunities to employers.
Patrick MacKenzie, CEO of IEC-BC, shares best practices and solutions that are putting immigrant and refugee talent to work in the Canadian labour market.