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

Dec
14
Thu
1:00 pm Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Culturally Competent Interviewin...
Dec 14 @ 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
Jan
11
Thu
1:00 pm Performance Management and Feedback
Performance Management and Feedback
Jan 11 @ 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
Jan
16
Tue
1:00 pm Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Introduction to Cultural Compete...
Jan 16 @ 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
Jan
23
Tue
1:00 pm Intercultural Problem-Solving St...
Intercultural Problem-Solving St...
Jan 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Most intercultural conflict is related to perceptual differences. In this session we will discuss: developing strategies to identify and address communication style differences; learning when and how to address non-verbal issues of concern; using a ... Read More
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