Why Hire Immigrants?

Changing demographics are having an impact on the Canadian labour force, including Ottawa. With lower birthrates, declining numbers of post-secondary graduates and unprecedented numbers of retirements, labour shortage will soon be felt across several sectors of the economy.

Canada will be increasingly reliant on immigrant talent to meet its skills and labour force requirements. Per capita, the Ottawa region attracts the most highly skilled and educated immigrants in Canada. Nearly half of all immigrants who settle in Ottawa hold a university degree. This overlooked talent pool is a tremendous economic advantage for this region. In the “war for talent,” diversity can be a competitive edge for local employers who can effectively recruit from this rich talent pool of skilled labour.

Hiring Immigrants is Simply Good Business…
Employers who diversify their workforce are better able to:

  • Attract and retain top talent to alleviate skill and labour shortages
  • Better understand and respond to the increasingly diverse local customer base
  • Expand local markets, and develop new global markets, by leveraging immigrants’ international experience and cultural awareness
  • Enhance productivity, creativity, employee relations, and decision-making through diverse approaches
  • Save on employee training costs by utilizing transferable foreign work experience

… And It’s Good For Ottawa.
We all benefit when skilled immigrants in our community are fully employed in skills-appropriate positions. Overall disposable income in the community is increased. Consequently, so are consumer spending and government tax revenues.

 

Upcoming Events

May
8
Mon
8:00 am Canadian Immigration Summit 2017
Canadian Immigration Summit 2017
May 8 @ 8:00 am – May 9 @ 4:00 pm
Hire Immigrants Ottawa is pleased to be partnering with The Conference Board of Canada for the Canadian Immigration Summit 2017: Innovating at 150 and Beyond, May 8 – 9, 2017 at the Shaw Centre, Ottawa. ... Read More
May
9
Tue
1:00 pm Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Culturally Competent Interviewin...
May 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive learning session we will explore how the sending and receiving of messages during the interview can lead to misinterpretations and misconceptions. We will use a paradigm to build skills that are interpreted ... Read More
May
16
Tue
1:00 pm Effective Cultural Adaptation St...
Effective Cultural Adaptation St...
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Through research, we can now describe the profile of the person who adapts inter-culturally (both to culture and to workplace) most effectively. In this session we will focus on: exploring the adaptation process and the ... Read More
Jun
1
Thu
1:00 pm Performance Management and Feedback
Performance Management and Feedback
Jun 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive session, we will explore effective communication techniques for providing internationally educated professionals with day-to-day as well as performance evaluation feedback; use information on perceptual differences, communication styles and cultural conditioning to explore ... Read More
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