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Solutions to Sustain Canada’s Labour Force

Canada’s most dominant cohort, the baby boomers, are retiring in droves. As such, Canada will see a significant restructuring of its labour market in the decades to come and is at risk of seeing its labour force shrink if it does not take proactive measures to grow it. Canada’s main measure has been to welcome immigrants which has resulted in immigration accounting for some 90 per cent of its labour force growth in recent years. However, there are other solutions to sustain labour force growth; namely, by boosting the labour force participation rates of under-represented groups such as Indigenous peoples. Drawing upon a new Conference Board of Canada study, this webinar will discuss the trajectory of Canada’s labour force growth in the coming decades. What will it look like and how would different scenarios (weak vs. modest labour force growth) affect real GDP growth? The webinar will also forecast the drivers of labour force growth (Canadian school leavers and immigration). It will conclude with a discussion on how technological change (e.g., automation and artificial intelligence) might impact Canada’s future labour force needs.

Recorded Webinar | January 2019 | Kareem El-Assal | The Conference Board of Canada

Canadian Entrepreneur Immigration: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Path Forward

While Canada’s immigrant intake will climb to 340,000 by 2020, the intake of entrepreneurs has declined significantly in recent decades due to the many challenges that Canada has faced. Today, the provinces and territories lead Canada’s efforts to welcome immigrant entrepreneurs, but they tend to allocate no more than 10 per cent of their total PNP allocations towards entrepreneurs. Among those entrepreneurs that do to arrive to Canada, the chances of them succeeding are low due to the various economic and social challenges that they experience and limitations in the entrepreneur programs themselves. The Conference Board of Canada is currently conducting a major national study evaluating the latest trends, issues, and opportunities for federal and provincial entrepreneur programs across Canada. The study will also suggest new entrepreneur program ideas. Kareem El-Assal will share the Conference Board’s findings as he outlines innovative ways that Canada can improve its programs moving forward. This will include discussion on aligning entrepreneur programming with economic development priorities, improving selection criteria, reducing processing times, and better predicting the success of immigrant entrepreneurs. He will also be available to answer any questions that you may have.

Recorded Webinar | November 2018 | Kareem El-Assal | The Conference Board of Canada

How Will Immigration Affect Canada’s Economic Growth?

Drawing upon Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2018–2020, The Conference Board of Canada has recently quantified the economic and fiscal impacts of upping immigration. To further understand immigration’s impact on the economy, we have also tested a counterfactual scenario of a “zero immigration world” in which Canada closes its doors to newcomers completely. And, we have been able to differentiate between the contributions to real GDP growth of the economic, refugee, and family classes.

Recorded Webinar | September 2018 | Kareem El-Assal | The Conference Board of Canada

The Latest Trends in Global Immigrant Entrepreneur Programs and Lessons for Canada

Leading business immigration expert Stephane Tajick will tap into his extensive research findings to walk you through the most important developments in global immigrant entrepreneur programs. Stephane will discuss the latest trends, program models, and highlight key lessons for Canada. Specifically, how can Canada design 21st century immigrant entrepreneur programs for the 21st century economy?

Recorded Webinar | September 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Leveraging Global Talent for Greater Prosperity: Innovative Solutions for Employers and Newcomers

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.

Recorded Webinar | November 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

450,000 Immigrants Per Year: Assessing the Economic Impact of Higher Immigration Levels in Canada

The future of Canada’s immigration levels have featured prominently in conversations over the past year. Groups such as the Federal Advisory Council on Economic Growth have called for a sharp rise in immigration to enhance the country’s prosperity. Following the Advisory Council’s recommendation for Canada to increase immigration to 450,000 people per year by 2021, the federal government announced in October 2016 that Canada would admit at least 300,000 immigrants per year moving forward, and it is currently pursuing a mandate of increasing levels sustainably in light of the country’s aging population and low birth rate. Canadians will get a better sense of the federal government’s direction once Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announces next year’s levels by November 1 st, 2017. The Conference Board of Canada is weighing in on the conversation. Its fall 2017 report evaluates several immigration scenarios and the projected impacts on the economy up to 2040. Join this webinar as we walk you through the findings to provide you with a better understanding of the role of immigration in Canada’s economic future.

Recorded Webinar | October 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

International Student Attraction in the Era of Brexit and Trump

Recent political developments in the U.K. and U.S. bring into question whether those countries will continue to appeal to international students. Some argue that Brexit, changes to U.K. immigration policies, and Trump’s rhetoric will benefit competitor nations such as Canada, who also look to attract international students.However, while politics has a major influence on the decision making of international students, other factors also play a role. Uri Carnat of IDP Education provides an overview of these factors and how they are currently impacting the international student landscape. Uri looks at the latest international student statistics, focusing on Canada, the U.K., U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. In comparison with these countries, what are Canada’s advantages, and where is it falling short? How can Canada address its shortcomings?Uri also provides insights on key international student source countries and how these developments will impact Canada.

Recorded Webinar | October 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Global Talent Stream: What Is It, And How Can You Benefit?

Launched by the federal government in June 2017, the Global Talent Stream is a ground-breaking new program aimed to help Canadian employers while also helping to grow the economy. The Global Talent Stream provides innovative Canadian firms with the opportunity to hire highly-skilled foreign workers in occupations with proven labour shortages. The federal government is committed to timely, predictable, and responsive service to Canadian employers to give them access to the talent they need to innovate and grow. One of the Stream’s key features is faster work permit processing of just 10 business days. Join Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) as they provide an overview of the Global Talent Stream. During the webinar, ESDC will shed light on the Stream’s main features, how it works, which employers can benefit from it, and what its early results are. You will have the opportunity to interact with ESDC to ask your questions. This webinar is designed for employers, policymakers, business associations, HR professionals, and immigration lawyers and consultants.

Recorded Webinar | September 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Five Foreign Qualification Recognition Research Projects That Need a Home

In recent years, Canada has made significant progress in improving its foreign qualification recognition (FQR) processes. But systemic problems continue to impede the integration of skilled immigrants into regulated professions. This 60-minute session will focus on five areas where additional research could help to improve the assessment and admission of internationally educated individuals seeking licensure in Canada. Specific attention and potential project ideas will be offered for the following topics: The effectiveness of “alternate career” guidance Assessments for mid-career applicants Creating a sustainable approach to “bridging” Improving access for clinical placements pre-licensure Defining the role and responsibility of the modern regulator Join Keith Johnson, one of Canada’s leading FQR experts, as he outlines what these FQR problems are, their effects, the role of specific research in addressing the problems—and the potential positive outcomes of doing so.

Recorded Webinar | September 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Empowering them to Succeed

Many immigrants come to Canada hoping to launch a successful business But the odds are stacked against those who are just starting out. Canada offers a highly-regulated business environment that is unfamiliar to even those newcomers who arrive with business backgrounds. Moreover, immigrant entrepreneurs must learn a new culture, develop new professional networks and a Canadian credit history, and navigate the many roadblocks that Canadian-born entrepreneurs typically face. Fortunately, there is a growing body of research and programs that aim to change this. Research has informed the emergence of programs across Canada that help immigrant entrepreneurs build networks, develop business plans, and access financing, training, and supports from professionals of all stripes.Join Dr. Sarah Wayland of the City of Hamilton in this 60-minute webinar as she draws upon her research findings and experience to shed light on empowering immigrant entrepreneurs. Sarah will provide an overview of the common challenges that immigrant entrepreneurs face, discuss solutions that can improve their success rates, and answer your questions.

Recorded Webinar | August 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Intercultural Competency: Building Your Capacity for a More Vibrant Workplace

Canada’s workplaces are more diverse than ever which presents new opportunities and challenges. Diversity can spur better organizational results. But it can also create misunderstandings and conflict in the workplace. Luckily, there is plenty of evidence that can guide employers on how to create an inclusive work environment to reap the benefits of diversity.The London Cross Cultural Learner Centre operates an empirically-based training program in conjunction with the Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations at Western University. The “Intercultural Education Training Program” uses a transformative learning approach that emphasizes the value of cultural diversity in the workplace and is proven to deliver successful results. Join us for this 60-minute webinar as Michele Manocchi presents valuable new tools and demonstrates how to build diversity and inclusive practices for your own workplace.

Recorded Webinar | August 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Alternative Career Solutions for Skilled Immigrants

Alternative careers provide immigrants with the opportunity to find meaningful occupations related to the regulated profession they were originally trained and certified in. These alternative options allow immigrants to use their skills and experience while pursuing licensure in their regulated profession or embark on a new career path altogether. Alternative careers put valuable skills and experience to work and improve labour market integration during, or instead of, lengthy or challenging accreditation processes for internationally educated professionals. Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) are championing alternative careers and their model pioneers the process for provinces and professions across Canada. Through their experience, CSMLS has one-of-a-kind insight into considerations crucial to the process, user feedback from piloting the initiative, data on uptake, and of course, steps to achieve results.

Recorded Webinar | February 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Pre-Arrival Supports for Skilled Immigrants: Exploring the Benefits, Best Practices, and the Future

In its recent Brain Gain 2015 report, the Conference Board estimates that learning and credential recognition challenges cost Canadians up to $17 billion in earnings each year, with immigrants experiencing the lion’s share of these losses. Pre-arrival supports help immigrants address these major challenges, make informed decisions, have their skills recognized, and find meaningful jobs in Canada. Designed for policymakers, immigrant-serving organizations, credential assessment and regulatory bodies, this webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of the state of Canada’s pre-arrival supports, while aiming to inform practitioners on how they can help immigrants put their skills to good use in the Canadian labour market.

Recorded Webinar | September 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Danger and Opportunity: Enhancing Cultural Awareness for a Better Workplace

Canada is one of the most diverse nations on earth. As a result, cross-cultural interactions have redefined how Canadian organizations conduct business and manage their multicultural workforces. But managing these interactions isn’t a simple “check of the box”… many issues are complex and require culturally aware management to ensure a harmonious, engaged and productive workforce. So how can you bridge cultural differences to maximize the benefits of diversity in the workplace? In their book Danger and Opportunity: Bridging Cultural Diversity for Competitive Advantage, Caroline Yang and Lionel Laroche provide in-depth analysis of cross-cultural dynamics in the workplace and offer practical solutions for workplace harmony at both individual and organizational levels. Join Caroline and Lionel as they explain how people from around the world value technical and soft skills differently, and how by managing these differences, you can leverage diversity to increase the effectiveness of your multicultural team!

Recorded Webinar | July 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

New Home, Same Valuable Skills: Making the Most of Immigrant Talent

Immigrating to a new country is difficult in itself, and starting over in a new, unfamiliar labour market can make an already stressful situation even tougher. Immigrants often face difficulties connecting with Canadian employers and finding the right information to transition smoothly into the labour market. So what can you do, as an employer, to find immigrant talent to meet your workforce needs, including in regulated professions? And as an immigrant serving organization, how can you better leverage technology to help immigrants hit the ground running upon arrival in Canada? As an immigrant who experienced—and overcame—labour market barriers in Canada, Nick Noorani is well positioned to discuss this major issue, and provide insight on how we can make the most of immigrants’ education and skills. Thanks to modern tools including the internet, smartphones, and social media, sharing information with immigrants is easier than ever, which goes a very long way in helping them realize their hopes and dreams in their new home.

Recorded Webinar | June 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Turning Your Campus into an International Student Magnet

Several years into an ambitious plan to attract 450,000 international students by 2022, Canada is quickly closing in on this target. How can you make the most of the international student opportunity? What are some of the successful attraction strategies for colleges, polytechnics and universities across the country? Join us for Turning Your Campus into an International Student Magnet and find out how to turn your campus into an international student magnet. Join Sarah Mines, one of Canada's leading experts on international student attraction, as she highlights cutting edge best practices you can adopt to increase international student enrolments on your campus. During this 60-minute webinar, you will gain insights into the global state of international student mobility—including the total number of students, where they are coming from, where they are going, forecasts for the coming years, and global trends that are shaping the future of international student mobility.

Recorded Webinar | May 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Recruiting and Retaining Skilled Workers to Address Canada’s Talent Gap

While Canada’s growing Talent Gap continues to challenge employers in all provinces, employers in Canada’s Northern and remote communities are especially vulnerable. These regions are facing a major demographic crunch, with the right talent getting tougher to find. For example, at a recent Immigration Symposium in Timmins Ontario, it was announced that 48 per cent of its workforce will retire in the next 15 years. Having the right talent in place is paramount to employers' and communities' ongoing sustainability and success in an increasingly competitive marketplace. As the search for skilled professionals for hard-to-fill positions continues, more and more businesses across Canada are looking to immigration as a possible answer. The Express Entry System, launched by Citizenship and Immigration Canada in January 2015, is an example of a tool that can help businesses meet their talent needs more quickly. However, employing immigration as a talent strategy is a complex task, one that requires understanding of the key issues, what tools and strategies are available, and how these work.

Recorded Webinar | October 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Securing Top Talent to Boost Competitiveness: The Connector Program

Facing a dearth of talent in the Maritimes, the Halifax Partnership introduced The Connector Program, an initiative that aims to recruit and retain top talent from across Canada’s east coast and beyond. The Connector Program matches job-seekers with employers, bolstering Halifax’s workforce and boosting its economic competitiveness. Launched in 2009, this unique program enables employers to explore exceptional talent and helps new talent build professional networks by connecting them with establishment members of the community, including business and government leaders. The results have been outstanding. The Connector Program has helped over 500 international students, immigrants, and recent graduates find employment in Halifax. As a result of its success, The Connector Program has been replicated in 20 communities across Canada and has won global appraisal from the International Economic Development Council. So could these results be replicated in your own community? Join us for this special webinar with the Halifax Partnership to learn more about The Connector Program, and how you may be able to imitate its success!

Recorded Webinar | September 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Global Boom in Investor Immigration: Lessons for Canada

Attracting immigrant capital and investment is an increasingly competitive global phenomenon. A recent Migration Policy Institute study entitled Selling Visas and Citizenship, Policy Questions from the Global Boom in Investor Immigration highlights the growing number of countries offering citizenship pathways for immigrant investors. Canada is no exception as federal and provincial governments actively vie for immigrant capital. For example, the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program is designed to attract high-net worth business immigrants who will invest in innovative Canadian-based start-ups with high growth potential. So how could your industry or organization benefit from investor immigration? Join Dr. Demetrios G. Papademetriou, co-founder of the Metropolis Project and the Migration Policy Institute as he provides a comprehensive overview of the growing phenomenon of investor immigration. Dr. Papademetriou will assess various global and domestic issues and trends surrounding investor immigration and discuss what lessons Canada can heed as it too seeks to become a magnet for innovative, entrepreneurial, and high-net worth immigrants.

Recorded Webinar | August 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Incubating Immigrant Innovators and Investors: What’s the Buzz in Fredericton?

Recognized in 2012 by Startup Canada among its “Top 10 Mentor Rock Stars”, the Business Immigrant Mentorship Program (BIMP) is an exciting initiative that helps empower immigrant business investors in New Brunswick. The BIMP offers a six month cohort program, where, in a classroom setting, immigrants are introduced to the basics of Canadian business culture, and as a result of its remarkable success, has since expanded throughout Canada. In 2014, the Province of New Brunswick and the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce launched The Hive/La Ruche Incubator Program, working specifically to support immigrant investors’ entry into the Canadian market. The Hive Incubator Program offers a full time office space to immigrant investors, where they are able to work and have access to essential business utilities. The idea behind the creation of this program is to remove immigrants from the isolation of their homes upon arrival, and help them incorporate at a higher rate into the business community. Join us for this special webinar that will explore how these unique programs are enriching the lives of immigrants and boosting the economies of their communities here in Canada!

Recorded Webinar | July 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

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