The white paper, the second in Deloitte’s “Dialogue on diversity” series, builds on the professional services firm’s roundtable discussions that examined why organizations aren’t fully and more effectively integrating skilled immigrants into Canadian workplaces.
The report brings together the perspectives of employers, community organizations, special interest groups, government agencies and ministries, and immigrants and found a consistent call to action: Canada needs to do a better job of integrating skilled, foreign-trained workers into our workforce by identifying the barriers to integration and breaking them down.
These barriers include:
credentials not being recognized
lack of professional networks
lack of Canadian experience
bias in recruitment
Proposed solutions include:
review HR policies and practices through a “diversity lens”
educate recruiters about different cultures and international credentials
offer internships to provide Canadian experience and “test drive” candidates
develop cultural connections and understanding of current employees