In British Columbia, we’ve got a world of talent right here on our doorstep. Companies and organizations that are able to attract, hire, and retain skilled immigrant labour have a competitive advantage in today’s global HR marketplace. In this section, you’ll find industry-tested tools and resources that will give you an edge in attracting new immigrant talent to your workforce.
Creating Barrier-Free Job Descriptions
Learn the differences between barrier-free and traditional job descriptions to attract top immigrant talent.
Organizations that can help
Connecting with organizations in your community will provide you with screened, job-ready candidates — for free.
Topics from How to Find Talent
IEC-BC has produced Onboarding Refugees: A Toolkit for BC Employers to assist them to more effectively recruit, hire, onboard and retain a diverse workforce that includes refugees.
A series of tip sheets aimed to help employers in their efforts to hire, onboard and retain refugees are now available from IEC-BC.
A new resource is now available for Canadian employers looking to recruit, hire, onboard and retain a diverse workforce that includes refugees.
In this video, created in partnership with BC HRMA, you will learn why hiring immigrant talent is good for business.
IEC-BC regularly offers free webinars to provide additional learning opportunities to employers and boost their capacity to find, hire and retain skilled immigrant talent.
Find lots of great tips and advice on what to do and look for when finding immigrant talent from WorkBC’s toolkit “Booklet 4 – Diversity at Work – Recruiting and Retaining Immigrants”.
From the Canadian Foundation for Economic’s Potential to Prosperity, watch their educational video “Recruitment: Finding Internationally Trained Workers”.
SkillsInternational.ca is an online tool that features pre-screened, internationally educated professionals who have the skills you need.
Immigrant-Friendly Businesses: Effective Practices for Attracting, Integrating, and Retaining Immigrants in Canadian Workplaces
This report looks at how businesses across Canada can attract, integrate, and retain immigrants and international talent.
The Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia& Yukon (formerly HRMA) provides a useful, printable toolkit called Hiring and Retaining Skilled Immigrants: A Cultural Competence Toolkit which includes a Screening Tool.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) manages Canadian immigration programs, including these six programs for foreign workers seeking to come to Canada to live and work.
The Temporary Foreign Workers Program is: Administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) now required, replacing Labour Market Opinion LMIA application should include: number of Canadians who applied for the job number of Canadians interviewed and why those were not hired confirmation that no Canadians will be laid-off or […]
This Tip Sheet on Finding Immigrant Talent provides ideas, skills and resources to attract and recruit immigrant talent.
Many organizations in your community work with immigrants to ensure they are job ready.
Communication Use immigrant-friendly language and allow for differences in communication styles.
The following are places employers can advertise job openings. Wherever you decide to post, be sure to keep the language simple (avoid jargon) and make the posting as welcoming to new immigrants as possible.
Update job descriptions Use barrier-free job descriptions to attract top immigrant talent.
If you are looking to effectively recruit, hire, onboard and retain a diverse workforce that includes Syrian refugees, IEC-BC's new resource is a must-read.