Immigrant project connects newcomers with small businesses in Canada
Canada, 26th July: A new immigrant project by a charitable agency named Maytree Foundation will help in bringing together potential small business employers and newcomers wanting to get jobs in Canada.
This new immigration initiative will prove to be a platform for skilled immigrants and small businesses in Canada.
New immigrant project in Canada--The initiative is a latest endeavor under the ALLIES (Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies). It is being claimed that the project will be helpful for both the parties, namely new immigrants as well as businesses needing skilled immigrant workers in Canada.
Launched in October last year, ALLIES is a joint collaborative effort of Maytree and The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
Immigrant project to help immigrants get jobs in Canada--Every year, nearly 250,000 newcomers come to Canada out of which majority are skilled immigrants.
And the sad part is that out of total skilled immigrants coming to Canada annually, just twenty-five percent are able to gain jobs in accordance with their acquired set of qualifications and skills, the agency president Ratna Omidvar states.
Hence, the immigrant initiative will bring small business owners closer to skilled immigrants in Canada, Omidvar added.
Canada has a vast pool of skilled immigrants awaiting jobs in skilled categories. But, due to lack of communication, they are unable to get connected to small businesses requiring workforce in Canada, she maintains.
Small businesses hire 64 percent of workforce—New immigrants in Canada seem to be ignoring a vast potential of jobs in Canada by failing to approach SMEs(small and medium sized enterprises) in the nation, says Omidvar. But, the fact is that in Canada, SMEs provide jobs to around 64 percent of private-sector employees.
Hence, aim of this immigrant program is to help new immigrants approach small business companies needing workers in Canada.
Canada already has several such immigrant programs aimed at helping newcomers come in contact with small business firms requiring workers. one such initiative includes WRIEN(Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network) provides a meeting point for immigrants and employers in Canada.
The initiative has been a great success in Canada as it helped many immigrants from different nations including those from Australia, Sri Lanka, India, the Philippines.