Labour market growth depends on skilled immigrants because:
- The Canadian-born workforce is shrinking.
- By 2021, Statistics Canada expects almost one in four workers will be aged 55 or older. By 2031, one in three workers will be born outside of Canada.
- Skilled immigrants can help Canadian companies do business with the world.
- Skilled immigrants bring high levels of education, as well as innovative and international expertise.
- The local market is changing as more immigrants settle in the GTA.
If those are the facts, then why does it take approximately 12 years for the average immigrant to achieve wage parity with workers born in Canada?
Local professional networks are invaluable to job seekers, but most skilled immigrants do not have access to such networks, or understand how to navigate their job search in Canada. Skilled immigrants have high levels of education, but may not know the Canadian context of their profession and workplace culture, or understand how to translate and sell their skill sets.
Mentoring can make a difference.
Mentees in the program are job-ready skilled immigrants who do not have access to local professional networks. Mentoring plays a critical role in building such networks and developing effective job search strategies.
“The Mentoring Partnership put me in one-on-one contact with a mentor from a similar professional background. She provided me with insights, guidance and contacts. Today, I am in a position that draws on my global advertising experience and establishes me as a Canadian professional.” Jessica Borges, Associate Creative Director, Dynasty Advertising & Communications.”
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