Making Use of Immigrant Skills to Strengthen our Community

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Org: Centre for Research and Education in Human Services (CREHS)
Date: 2003

Canadians need the skills that immigrants bring to their new home country. Immigrant skills?the very skills that we need?are not being used to their full potential.

These reports capture the growing chorus of voices calling for a change to the present situation. The voices come from different quarters of society; from leading academics, politicians, business leaders, media, and the average person on the street. They were gathered through a one-year action research projectcalled:

Making Use of Immigrant Skills to Strengthen our Community.


The following documents are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format:

The project was guided by a diverse steering committee of community members from the business, political, immigrant, and non-profit sectors.

The project aimed to raise awareness about the need to use the skills of immigrants more fully. The project also wanted to mobilize people to call for change. Three communities were involved: Waterloo Region, London and Grand Erie.

Information in this report was collected in a number of ways:

  • Key informant interviews with experts in the field.
  • A labour market scan of skills needed in the areas.
  • A survey of immigrant skills and the extent to which they are being used in Waterloo Region.
  • An international media scan and document review.
  • A series of case studies highlighting the human story behind the issue.

Each report is organized into the following areas:

  • Growing Voices for Change
  • Immigrant Skills - We Need Them
  • Immigrant Skills - We Have Them
  • Immigrant Skills - Let's Use Them
  • Putting a Human Face on the Issue
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Adding Our Voice - A Local Call for Change
These reports are English.
These reports are available for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.