CanCompete: Immigrant-Friendly Businesses - Effective Practices for Attracting, Integrating, and Retaining Immigrants in Canadian Workplaces

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Link: http://www.conferenceboard.ca/documents.aspx?did=3278
By: Vadim Kukushkin , Douglas Watt
Org: The Conference Board of Canada
Date: 2009

This report looks at the ways businesses can mitigate these challenges by adapting and implementing a number of "immigrant-friendly" programs and practices along a recruitment, integration, development, and retention continuum. An analysis of award-winning business programs and practices and a series of key informant interviews yield practical insights that businesses can use to more effectively leverage the skills, knowledge, and creative capacity of international talent. Finally, the report identifies some “keys to success” for making immigration work in Canadian businesses.

Overview

Businesses that attract, integrate, develop, and retain international talent benefit from an expanded knowledge and skills base. However, many immigrants face challenges when trying to enter the Canadian labour market (e.g., credential recognition, language issues) or integrating into Canadian workplaces (e.g., different workplace cultures, discrimination). Businesses need to expand their recruitment methods, offering bridging and mentoring programs, providing language and communication skills training, and promoting cultural awareness in the workplace.

Main sections

  • Chapter 1- Hiring Immigrants and International Talent: A Business Imperative for Canadian Research Objectives and Methodology
    • Immigration and Canada's 'Demographic Crunch'
    • The Benefits of Culturally Diverse Hiring Practices
  • Chapter 2 - The Challenges of Integrating Into Canadian Workplaces
    • Systemic Barriers to the Integration of Immigrants Into Canadian Workplaces
    • The Challenges Businesses Face When Integrating International Talent and Immigrants Into Their Workplaces
  • Chapter 3 - Attracting and Recruiting Immigrants and International Talent
    • Stage 1: Immigrant-Friendly Attraction and Recruitment Practices
  • Chapter 4 - Integrating, Developing, and Retaining Immigrant and International Talent
    • Stage 2: Immigrant-Friendly Integration and Development Practices
    • Stage 3: Immigrant-Friendly Retention Practices

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