Each December 18, the United Nations invites us to observe International Migrants Day; with immigration so firmly ingrained in “Brand Canada,” it is an opportunity to re-visit the public conversation about its impact and, maybe, even dispel a few myths.
As this year comes to an end, it is a good opportunity to celebrate our successes and build excitement for 2018 – IEC-BC’s 10-year anniversary.
How can you help Canadian employers understand what skills you bring to the table and how do you tell your professional story in a way that makes it relevant to the local context?
The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) and the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) signed a memorandum of understanding to equip Surrey businesses with the tools, resources and workable solutions they need to connect with the refugee and immigrant talent.
Employers across Canada now have concrete proof of the many advantages of hiring newcomers; the Diversity Dividend: Canada’s Global Advantage report, which was launched for BC audiences on October 30, 2017, outlines specifics on how Canadian businesses are benefiting from hiring immigrants.
IEC-BC continues to seek out new ways to connect skilled immigrants with companies that are interested in creating a diverse and inclusive workforce.
On October 22, IEC-BC welcomed skilled immigrants and refugees to Surrey City Centre Public Library to learn about a new online tool that seeks to connect employers to job-ready newcomers.
Surinder Bhogal oversees nine libraries in one of Canada’s fastest growing cities.
Juggling family and school in an unfamiliar city, while learning about a new culture and dealing with financial hardships – these are the issues that many immigrant women face upon arrival.
By all accounts, Raegan Paul’s journey in Canada has been both exciting and rewarding.
“Passionate” is a word Giuliana Loza uses a lot. The Global Talent Acquisition Coordinator at Stantec’s Vancouver office is passionate about her work and about making a difference in people’s lives.
In 2016-2017, IEC-BC worked to empower BC businesses to succeed in attracting global talent and reaching new markets.
With years of experience in civil and environmental engineering, and advanced degrees from the Philippines and Belgium, Ariel Estrada was ready to jump start his career in Canada when he moved here 16 years ago.
By 9 am on a week day, Wayne Marsden will have reviewed his emails, interviewed a few candidates for current openings, and met with site supervisors regarding their manpower needs.
IEC-BC will be sharing best practices and solutions that are putting immigrant and refugee talent to work in the Canadian labour market during a 60-minute webinar in November.
In an effort to help BC employers find innovative solutions to tap into immigrant talent to meet the province’s labour-force needs now and in the coming years, IEC-BC has created an Employer Advisory Group.
Recent employer sector dialogues, roundtables and focus groups have highlighted the deeper challenges that employers face when attracting, hiring, onboarding and retaining newcomers.
IEC-BC's FAST Program has been expanded to include pre-arrival services for immigrant workers in 35 skilled trades, 16 occupations in IT and Data Services, and 17 occupations in Biotechnology and Life Sciences.
They are City of Vancouver Engineers, Architects, Urban Planners, Business Analysts, HR, IT and Finance Specialists; and each of these 119 people has made a difference in the lives of newcomers to Canada.
A huge ThankYou to each of our 500 mentors who have generously shared their knowledge, expertise, local insights, and connections - helping newcomers to our country prepare for success in the Canadian labour market.
With immigration discourse coming to the fore – both nationally and internationally - we have a unique opportunity to re-affirm our country’s leadership and re-assert our “Canada brand.”
IEC-BC thanks Kelly Pollack for 8 years of vision, leadership and inspiration, welcomes Patrick MacKenzie as new CEO effective April 3, 2017.
Zhila Pirmoradi got matched with her City of Vancouver mentor shortly after she arrived from Iran, and now 18 months later she works as an analyst in the City's Continuous Process Improvement Program.
IEC-BC's Kelly Pollack penned an OpEd in The Vancouver Sun on the need for concerted strategies and actions to connect refugees to meaningful employment.
Hear first-hand from 6 new Canadians who arrived in BC as refugees about their big dreams for a new life here, and learn from innovative BC employers who realized early enough that tapping into this talent pool is a win, win.
Our recent event "Tapping into New Talent: Opportunities for BC Businesses" has generated interest among BC's news organizations, and you can access top stories and interviews here.
Some 90 leading BC employers came together on February 10, 2017 to discuss how to leverage BC’s refugee talent to strengthen our social fabric and contribute to the success of our businesses and our province.
Register here for this free webinar on February 22 to receive a step-by-step overview of our new online tool and a demonstration of how it works from an employer's perspective.
January is National Mentoring Month – a great opportunity for IEC-BC to celebrate the inspiring partnerships forged through its MentorConnect program over the past six years, and share stories, tips, and best practices from its many participants.
Together with the rest of the world, on December 18 Canada marked the International Day of Migrants - an opportunity to reflect on our "Canada brand" and ways to build on its advantages.
December 7 marked the launch of our new project aiming to connect BC employers to the new talent in BC – that of refugees.
Just because we set higher immigration targets doesn’t necessarily mean that people will come to Canada; considerations such as cost of living, smooth pathways to permanency, and effective labour market attachment will all come into play as we compete for the best and the brightest.
On November 15, Kelly Pollack spoke about the way immigration mitigates the current demographic challenges and is a key to our country’s economic growth and innovation.
On October 24, leaders from business, finance, education, and the not-for-profit sectors gathered in Vancouver for a roundtable to explore ways to leverage diversity to gain a business edge and stimulate economic growth.
According to Statistics Canada’s latest population scan, there were 6 million people of retirement age compared to 5.8 million children; Canada is aging fast, with significant implications for its economy and social fabric.
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.
Together with Urban Futures Inc, IEC-BC has participated in this year’s National Conversation on Immigration.
Designed to increase employers’ awareness about the skilled immigrant labour pool in BC while helping those who are new to our city learn about the growing technology sector.
TELUS is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with more than 43,000 employees.
On Monday June 13, the Conference Board of Canada released its quarterly economic report with a short-term outlook for the Provinces.
The City of Vancouver was our first employer partner, and now it is having a very special anniversary!