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

Jun
29
Thu
1:00 pm Employer Learning Forum
Employer Learning Forum
Jun 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Accessing Global Talent Overseas or Locally. Are you an employer interested in bringing skilled immigrants from overseas or connecting with global talent already in Canada? HIO invites you to an Employer Learning Forum on accessing ... Read More
Jul
5
Wed
1:00 pm Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Jul 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In this interactive session we will explore and build the foundation of effective communication between new Canadians and their Canadian employers. Curriculum topics include: perception – and how it affects workplace communication; understanding how cultural ... Read More
Aug
22
Tue
1:00 pm Dimensions of Inclusiveness
Dimensions of Inclusiveness
Aug 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Our facilitator will be joined by a panel of New Canadians in this interactive session focused on creating dialogue among new internationally educated professionals (IEPs) and current teams in your workplace. We will explore and ... Read More
Sep
6
Wed
1:00 pm Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Sep 6 @ 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
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