Immigrants have built the unique fabric of our country and the Toronto Region specifically. Yet, in recent decades, immigrants too often find they are unable to apply their significant education and professional experience towards meaningful employment in our region. Instead, they face the same persistent challenges – including lack of Canadian experience, professional networks and communications skills – with the result that they cannot find employment in their professional field at the level that matches their skills and qualifications. As a result, many skilled immigrants take survival jobs and give up on their professions.
Started as an idea to address this issue and help bridge employers and skilled immigrate talent, since 2003 TRIEC has been partnering with employers, community partners, government, colleges and universities to find solutions and connect the talent to opportunities.
TRIEC believes when immigrants prosper, we all do. This belief is backed up by research and statistics.
Immigrants face higher unemployment than Canadian born:
This costs us:
Meanwhile, the Toronto Region is growing and labour market growth depends on skilled immigrants, as baby boomers retire and the birth rate declines:
What is more, skilled immigrants bring valuable skills and experience to our region and contribute extensively to the innovation and entrepreneurialism of our region. The result is that the meaningful integration of skilled immigrants into the labour market is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do.
Despite high skills and education levels, immigrants can face barriers entering the Toronto Region labour market including:
Skilled immigrants bring valuable skills and experience to our region:
Skilled immigrants have a lot to offer employers. They complement the skills of the domestic labour force, bring new investments and innovative practices, help to open trade routes with their countries of origin and enhance cultural diversity. (TD Economics, 2012 –
Many employers now see the benefits of hiring skilled immigrants. In a 2011 survey, Almost 1 in 5 employers in the Greater Toronto Area has hired a skilled immigrant (TRIEC engaged EKOS to survey 461 employers in the Greater Toronto Area using EKOS’ Probit© online panel) to:
Learn more about how TRIEC can help you benefit from building a diverse and inclusive workplace.
TRIEC’s programs and initiatives support immigrants, employers and other stakeholders build inclusive workplaces and integrate skilled immigrants into the workplace. See how: Employer Success Stories; Immigrants Success Stories; Partners Success Stories.