Job Bank is helping employers access the talent pool of newcomers. Information on this page can help you recruit newcomers.

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What can newcomers bring to your organization?

Newcomers represent a growing proportion of Canada’s skilled workers pool. Bringing diversity to your workplace can lead to many positive outcomes. Hiring newcomers can help you:

  • Bring new visions issued from cross-cultural backgrounds.
  • Expand your expertise with diversified skill set.
  • Increase originality and innovation.
  • Help develop new local and international markets.
  • Connect with other qualified internationally trained workers.
  • Explore unique perspectives that can lead to new ideas.

Did you know?

Immigrants have a high level of education: almost half of all newcomers have at least a bachelor’s degree compared to just under one-quarter of the Canadian-born population.

Census 2016

Tips for hiring newcomers

Internationally trained newcomers have assets you may need. Here is some guidance on how to recruit newcomers efficiently:

  • Consider all aspects of a candidate’s profile and recognize the value and transferability of international education, experience, skills and credentials.
  • Focus on the content of the message when interviewing candidates. Language skills can be improved through training or on-the-job experience.
  • Provide diversity and cross-cultural training to all employees and build an inclusive workplace.
  • Ask candidates to give concrete examples of relevant experience they have to demonstrate specific qualifications.

Some service provider organizations support newcomers in finding work and settling in Canada. They can help you find job-ready newcomers.

Did you know?

Immigrants are highly educated in in-demand fields. For example, 28% of immigrants hold a bachelor’s degree, or above, in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, compared to 15% of the Canadian-born population.

Census 2016

Assessing qualifications

Selecting quality candidates involves verifying their skills, knowledge and experience to make sure they are suited for the job. You can use some assessment and training tools to help you test the candidates’ qualifications.

Did you know?

A sustained level of immigration is essential to ensure Canada’s population growth and help satisfy labour market needs to stimulate economic growth.

Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, 2018

Tips for integrating and retaining newcomers

Recruiting new employees takes time and effort. Explore some tips to gain a reliable, skilled and inclusive workforce that will help you achieve your goals in the long term.

Create an inclusive workplace

  • Ensure a work climate where all workers are welcomed and valued.
  • Highlight the unique mindsets of internationally trained newcomers and include them in the development of new processes, products or services.
  • Recognize and leverage newcomers’ cultural knowledge, language skills and international networks to help develop new marketing strategies targeting specific markets.
  • Be open-minded towards different approaches and new ideas.

Support through training and mentoring

  • Offer essential skills training to increase the competitiveness of your business.
  • Encourage language training in English or French to help newcomers succeed in the workplace. This can include advanced and job-specific language skills classes.
  • Create a mentoring and coaching system. Pairing newcomers with dedicated and experienced staff members can help them integrate faster.

Enable career development

  • Involve internationally trained newcomers in leadership development programs.
  • Welcome new forms of initiatives and collaboration.
  • Provide training to develop communication and leadership skills.

Some government grants and contributions are available to employers. These funding opportunities are intended to support jobs, training, and social development projects.

Did you know?

93% of immigrants in Canada have knowledge of English or French.

Census 2016

Recruit through Job Bank

Help create an inclusive labour market by recruiting newcomers to Canada on Job Bank.

Key points to keep in mind:

  • Make your job description clear and comprehensive.
  • Outline the essential skills required for the job.
  • Define the language skill level required for the job.
  • Describe the duties, responsibilities and other requirements of the job.

Job Bank makes posting jobs easy! You can use our pre-defined options to create a job in no time. Once posted, your job will automatically be available in both official languages.

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