Hiring immigrants is not the complicated process it is thought to be. There is no special process for hiring immigrants who are currently living in the province. Immigrants are permanent residents of Canada and are legally entitled to work here. They represent a large pool of educated working-age individuals.
Some of the unique aspects you may encounter when hiring Immigrants are:
- Lack of Canadian work experience
- Lack of recognition of foreign education, work experience and professional credentials by professional associations
- Limited understanding of Canadian work culture
- Limited understanding of the English language
- Difficulty matching skilled immigrants into high demand positions
Points you may need to consider when hiring immigrants are:
- Be aware that a self-managed career may be a new concept for certain cultures. Some individuals may find self-promotion and networking difficult.
- The provision of a buddy/mentor system for newly hired immigrants may ease the transition into the workplace.
- Strong role models in management positions will assist in helping immigrants become aware of workplace expectations.
- Communication can be affected by cultural factors. For example, in some cultures not making eye contact is a sign of respect.
- Immigrants may encounter some language barriers. Arrangements may need to be made to help the immigrant worker acquire additional language courses in English. It may also be helpful to explain the meaning of some of the commonly used words and phrases that are unique to the Prince Edward Island culture.
- It may be beneficial for you to connect with support services and agencies that provide employment services to New Canadians.
Interested in learning more? Download the Hiring International Workers in Atlantic Canada: An Employer’s Guide
Other potential sources of foreign workers you may wish to consider are:
International Post-Secondary Students
International post–secondary students are individuals that were born in another country to non-Canadian parents and are currently residing and studying at an educational institute in Canada. International post-secondary students are eligible to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during regular semesters and full-time during semester breaks. They are also permitted to work full-time during their work-term semesters. Upon graduation, international post-secondary students are permitted to apply for a Post Graduate Work permit. This allows the international student to be eligible for an open work permit valid up to three years.
Temporary Foreign Workers
The federal government allows eligible foreign workers to work in Canada on a temporary basis. Employers must demonstrate an inability to find suitable Canadians or permanent residents to fill jobs and must show that the entry of the worker will not negatively impact the Canadian labour market. Employers from all types of businesses can recruit foreign workers to meet temporary labour shortages.
The PEI Provincial Nominee Program seeks to recruit immigrants who have specialized occupational or entrepreneurial skills. Through an agreement with the Government of Canada, the Government of Prince Edward Island can nominate individuals, who will contribute to the economic and social goals of the province, for permanent resident status.
For more information on hiring immigrants and foreign workers please refer to the Government of Prince Edward Island Office of Immigration, Settlement, and Population www.opportunitiespei.ca
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