Engage businesses to retain newcomers

By Bill Ashton

March 23, 2018


Atlantic Canada needs immigrants even with high unemployment. Employers have a skills shortage and newcomers can be part of the response. Besides short term aim of employment there is a need to pursue a policy that retains newcomers.

Both of these aims are at the heart of an innovative pilot. Businesses are getting oriented to the processes of hiring immigrants and commit to creating an welcoming work environment and in turn get workers quickly, within 10 months. Employers are also paying for training and other settlement needs.

The panelists are Ather Akbari, Soojin Yu, and Gerry Mills speaking at the Metropolis conference in Calgary. Challenges exist, and include employers moving beyond just the worker and seeing their responsibilities reach to the entire family, and employers are often doing on-boarding activities for all employees. There are another two years left in this pilot in Atlantic Canada involving hundreds of businesses.

Ather Akbari, Soojin Yu, and Gerry Mills speaking at the Metropolis conference in Calgary