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The employment rate of working-age immigrants with university education is lower than that of their Canadian-born peers. Widely differing perceptions of barriers and solutions between newcomers and employers contribute to this poor job outcome. In recent years the gap has become even more pronounced in Ontario for those who arrived less than five years ago.
Most employers think newcomers need additional training in areas such as language and communication skills along with a more robust understanding of Canadian business culture and their chosen occupation. Newcomers too identified their own set of challenges when it comes to finding employment in their fields of experience and study. They include pre-arrival information gap, low use of newcomer supports, tools and resources, the “Canadian experience” conundrum, and unconscious bias against them.
These are some of the key findings of the new ALLIES report, Perceptions of Employment Barriers and Solutions. Researched and written by R.A. Malatest & Associates and funded by the Government of Ontario, the report offers recommendations to employers, the settlement sector, governments, and newcomers on how to improve employment outcomes for skilled immigrants.