Report authors: Andrew Galley & Jill Shirey
Organization: Mowat Centre
Date: September 2014
Despite efforts to better integrate new immigrants into Canada’s labour market and to close the gap between the incomes of newcomers and their Canadian-born peers, skilled immigrants continue to experience higher levels of unemployment.
Based on 80 interviews with a range of stakeholders, key recommendations to produce better economic outcomes for skilled immigrants include:
- Governments should develop clear strategies for engaging employers as part of labour market policy and program development;
- Governments should implement rigorous, harmonized metrics for evaluation of the Canada Job Grant, the Canada Job Funds, and other employment supports;
- The federal government should support more avenues for recruiting skilled labour within Canada and, in the process, diminish the desire for employers to use the Temporary Foreign Worker Program process to fill positions;
- Provincial governments should encourage employers to move toward competency-based hiring—rather than simply requiring “Canadian experience”—through strategic use of government procurement policies and by providing other incentives and supports that reward enterprises for competency-based hiring.
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See analysis and commentary on this report at Hire Immigrants.