Matching skilled immigrants with Canadians in the same fields helps newcomers build professional networks and boost their career prospects, a new study finds.

According to the pro-bono study by Accenture, a business consulting company, immigrant participants in job-mentoring programs saw their unemployment rate drop from 73 per cent to 19 per cent a year after completing the program.

Their average annual full-time earnings also increased by 62 per cent, from $36,905 to $59,944, said the report released Wednesday by ALLIES, Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies.

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Source: Toronto Star

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