Webinar: Maximizing Your Return on Inclusion: Onboarding Refugees




10:00 am – 11:15 am PST

IEC-BC in conversation with Christian Codrington, Principal of  Forum HCM

Before they were refugees, they were teachers, engineers, and nurses. Canada has given them a chance for a new life, and they are eager to give back – their resilience, skills and unique perspectives – and contribute to Canada’s economic prosperity. Join us online for an engaging conversation on how to tap into this talent pool and create a diverse, inclusive, and productive workforce.

Webinar participants will be provided with easy-to-use tools and resources to help them with their onboarding initiatives. This is part one of a webinar series on onboarding refugees hosted by IEC-BC.

Learn how to:

  • prepare your workforce to welcome refugees
  • create a welcoming and safe environment
  • support refugees in the workplace

Christian has an extensive and varied human resources background working with organizations in a number of sectors. These include the Human Resources Management Association, Starbucks Coffee Canada, Best Buy Canada, Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of BC and Service Canada, formerly Employment and Immigration Canada. In his previous roles, he has been part of teams that developed a variety of solutions to a number of human resources challenges – ranging from international as well a mass recruitment, coaching leaders and staff, negotiating collective agreements to creating and delivering a number of learning and development initiatives.

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Surrey: Connector Program Helps Promote City’s Sustainability Vision

With a population of over 500,000, approximately 1,000 new residents every month, and the largest number of Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) than any other community in British Columbia, Surrey is consistently demonstrating leadership through various initiatives to welcome and integrate newcomers to Canada.

On September 20, we celebrated the City’s employees who have  served as Connectors – generously helping skilled new immigrants build professional networks in Surrey.

“The Connector Program supports our commitment to creating a welcome and inclusive city for all its residents,” said Councillor Judy Villeneuve at the event. “Sometimes a simple gesture can make a big difference in the career path of skilled immigrants.”

The City of Surrey has made great strides implementing its Sustainability Charter, which aims to create an inclusive, prosperous, and resilient city. One of the key goals of the Charter is to ensure continued prosperity and thriving livelihoods, and a strong, equitable and diverse economy.

Since February 2015, 30 skilled new Canadians have benefited from the talents, expertise and professional referrals of the City’s staff in the framework of the program, and some 70% have found employment commensurate with their qualifications.

IEC-BC partners with Urban Futures to provide views on immigration

Together with Urban Futures Inc, IEC-BC has participated in this year’s National Conversation on Immigration. How can we strengthen our Canadian fabric and what are the best ways to unlock Canada’s diverse needs – these are some of the topics covered in the joint submission.

Filling in the country’s demographic needs, supporting Canada’s economic growth and innovation, and strengthening its diverse social fabric –  a stronger, more cohesive and more responsive immigration system will contribute to our long-term success and prosperity as a nation in many ways.

Immigration influences Canada’s demography in two ways: it increases the size of the national population, and it makes it younger. Given our aging domestic population and our below-replacement level birth rate, immigration will account for a growing proportion of Canada’s population growth in the coming years. Without immigration, Canada’s population would begin to decline in size within the next decade and would continue to do so each year thereafter. Immigrants to Canada are also overwhelmingly younger than existing residents. Currently, while the most typical Canadian is 53 years old, the most typical immigrant is 30. In addition to contributing to a growing Canadian population, immigration also helps slow its inevitable aging.

Immigration will arguably be the single most important direct mechanism through which Canada will be able to influence its future path of economic growth. In addition to its direct impacts on the size of the Canadian workforce, immigration has the potential to impart additional indirect impacts by contributing positively to productivity gains.

By encouraging immigration and identifying those immigrants who can specifically fill sectoral opportunities and challenges, immigration will support economic growth and innovation in the years to come.

In order for this human potential to be fully unlocked, government policies and programs need to be fast, fair and flexible. Along with meeting the needs of communities welcoming new immigrants, they must also meet the needs of Canada’s employers.

National Conversation on Immigration Full Submission