News Archive

October 31, 2014
New report: Government as Employer of Skilled Immigrants

By Sarah Wayland and Dan Sheffield with assistance from Sandra Lopes and Bonnie Mah

Governments are Canada’s largest employers. The federal, provincial and municipal governments employ 3.6 million people. Public administration or general government operations alone (excluding education, health and business initiatives) employ almost 1.4 million people. As such, governments are major employers in many cities. In some provinces and territories, the public sector employs over a quarter of the work force.

Yet, despite being a key factor in net labour force growth and skilled workers forming the largest immigration category, immigrants are only about half as likely to work in the public sector compared to Canadian-born populations.

Why is this the case? Overall, there is a paucity of research focused on immigrants in the public service. This paper seeks to address this gap by asking the following questions: What do we know about immigrant employment in the public sector? Do governments have any practices or policies to encourage the employment of immigrants? What could governments do to prepare for and respond to demographicshifts in the labour force?

The research for this paper sought to learn more about the conditions that influence various levels of government in employing skilled immigrants.

In particular, it sought to:

  • Explore the reasons why governments should be leaders in immigrant employment
  • Understand the conditions that influence behaviour on hiring immigrants (e.g. legislation, unions, citizenship or language requirements, political will)
  • Identify good immigrant employment practices and approaches currently used by governments
  • Provide credible findings that can be used to stimulate discussion about government immigrant employment practices

The findings from this research will inform recommendations for governments, immigrant employment councils, settlement service providers, and other stakeholders.

Read the brief

Read the full report


April 16, 2014
New Webinar: Using Paid Internships to Recruit Skilled Immigrant Talent

Internships are a cost-effective way for businesses to test out potential candidates, including skilled immigrants, for fit and expertise. This webinar will showcase how companies have accessed internationally-trained interns through the Career Edge Organization as well as a unique and innovative partnership between Career Edge, RBC Royal Bank and business clients of the bank. Join us for this free webinar and learn how paid internships can be a powerful recruitment strategy, a way to diversify your workforce and benefit the overall bottom-line of your company! Watch now>>

February 20, 2014
Celebrating Canada’s Best Diversity Employers

Winners of the 2014 Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition were announced in February.  In particular several employers were recognized for their development and implementation of various programs and HR strategies to better manage visible minorities and skilled immigrant talent.

February 6, 2014
Skilled Immigrant Integration Around the Globe: A Look at What Other Countries Are Doing

The U.S. based IMPRINT program will feature Peter Paul and Kim Turner of Maytree in their next webinar,  as they discuss initiatives undertaken in Canada and other places around the world to help skilled immigrants reach their full economic potential. Register now

January 16, 2014
New Webinar: Accommodating Religious Diversity in the Workplace

Find out what your legal duties are and how you can implement practical strategies in your workplace from our expert panel in our new webinar.

December 5, 2013
Read the latest ALLIES Newsletter

Immigrant employment news from across Canada including a new webinar on the Expression of Interest, mentoring updates and new policy papers on the wage gap between immigrants and the native-born and strengthening the labour market.

December 4, 2013
Expression of Interest: What Employers Need to Know about Canada’s Proposed New Immigrant Application System

The federal government will be introducing a new application management system that will aim to reduce application processing times and prevent backlogs. This system is currently being referred to as the Expression of Interest (EOI) model.

November 5, 2013
Hire Immigrants Ottawa – 2014 Employer Excellence Awards: Call for Entries

Recognizing local employers in the Ottawa Region for their innovative and exemplary HR policies and practices in managing immigrant talent.

Prince George Online Job Fair to Connect Local Employers with Skilled New Canadians Living in Metro Vancouver

Initiatives Prince George (IPG) to host its second Prince George Online Job Fair on November 19, 2013 to connect local employers with skilled new Canadians who are living in Metro Vancouver and are willing to move for work.

CGI wins 2013 Maurice Pollack Award

CGI was recognized by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration and Cultural Communities for their  work in promoting diversity and inclusion including its commitment to mentoring.