Why should employers consider hiring a newcomer? What impact could newcomer talent have on business? How is this even relevant to Northern Ontario?

Did you know?

  • Newcomers to Canada are much more likely to have a university education than the Canadian-born (Source). For example, in 2013 newcomers represented 34% of Canadian residents with a university degree. However, newcomers were only 20.6% of Canada's population. (Source)
  • Newcomers are currently about two-thirds of Canada's population growth. Statistics Canada predicts that by 2031 immigration could account for more than 80% of Canada's population growth. They also project that immigration will not only continue to be a key driver of population growth in the coming years—but without it, Canada's population growth could be close to zero in 20 years. (Source)
  • By 2030, immigration will account for nearly all of Canada's population growth. (Source)

What could this look like in North Bay? Consider this, if all of the remaining boomers in the Northern Ontario region retire by age 65 then 146,895 people could exit the labour market by 2031. That is 47.7% of the employed labour force in Northern Ontario (Source). We will need people to fill these vacancies. Immigration is vital to Northern Ontario!

Why hire a newcomer?

The Canadian-born workforce is shrinking and the demand for labour is growing. Skilled newcomers fill that need and help Canadian companies do business with the world. They boost innovation and reflect the markets in which Canadian organizations operate. Newcomers  also contribute to a diverse workforce which allows for different perspectives on how to reach goals, frame tasks, create effective teams, communicate ideas, and lead others. This is a competitive advantage!
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Tools & Resources

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada - This is where folks can apply to travel, study, work or immigrate to Canada, apply for citizenship, a permanent resident card or refugee protection. Folks can also check the status of your application or find a form. Go here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/

Canadian Citizenship - This is where newcomers can apply to become a Canadian citizen, prepare for the citizenship test, and find out how they can resume or give up their Canadian citizenship. Go here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-citizenship.html

Permanent Resident Program - This is where to find information on the residency requirements and obligations to obtain and maintain permanent resident status.A permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada, but is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents are citizens of other countries. Go here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/permanent-residence.html

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) -  This program lets employers hire temporary workers to fill temporary labour and skill shortages. At this site you will learn about the requirements for hiring foreign workers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and what you need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Go here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers.html

The International Mobility Program (IMP) - This program lets employers hire temporary workers without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Go here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/hire-foreign-worker/temporary/international-mobility-program.html

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) - This is a document that an employer in Canada may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.  An LMIA is a document from Employment and Social Development Canada that gives the employer permission to hire a temporary worker. Go here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/hire-foreign-worker/temporary/find-need-labour-market-impact-assessment.html?_ga=2.158074746.1567635393.1526069630-452819255.1501687629

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) - This program offers an opportunity for employers to recruit and retain skilled foreign workers and qualifying international students for full-time jobs of an indeterminate duration. Go here: http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/en/pnp/OI_PNPEMPLOYERS.html

The North Bay Employer's Guide - This guide has been designed as a resource for local employers to assist with the inclusion of newcomer talent in the workplace. GO here: http://www.northbayimmigration.ca/employers/employers-guide/

The Employer's Roadmap - This is a roadmap guide created by Immigration, Refugees and Canadian Citizenship to help employers with hiring and retaining international trained workers. Go here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/employer-roadmap-hiring-retaining-internationally-trained-workers.html

Destination Canada - This program gives you access to a pool of workers with a wide variety of skills in France, Belgium and beyond. This Francophone mobility program highlights opportunities to live in work in provinces and territories other than Quebec. All provinces and territories in Canada have French-speaking populations. Destination Canada is an annual event in support of the Roadmap for Official Languages which aims to inform French speaking candidates of the opportunities available to them to live and work in Canada. Go here: http://www.destination-canada-forum-emploi.ca/accueil.php?lang=en 

Professions North/Nord (PNN) - An initiative of Laurentian University that assists Northern Ontario employers with hiring internationally trained professionals. PNN’s extensive database of pre-screened internationally trained professionals encompasses numerous occupational fields. Go here: http://www.professionsnorth.ca/