In Canada, the integration of internationally-trained workers into the labour force is a pressing issue. As is the case with other industrialized nations, Canada’s economy faces the challenges of labour shortages, increasing need for skilled workers, the globalization of labour markets, and rapid demographic change. Industrialized nations today are competing with each other to recruit and retain internationally-trained workers—valuable human resources that can help economies facing labour shortages, increasing need for more skilled workers, and rapid demographic and technological changes.
In Canada, the situation is urgent. Due to demographic changes, it is predicted that immigrants will account for 100% of net labour force growth by the end of this decade. However, it has been estimated that Canada currently loses approximately 30% of its new and highly skilled arrivals because they are unable to integrate into the economy and in communities. In 2006, the national unemployment rate for immigrants was 11.5%, more than double the rate of 4.9% for those Canadian-born. Immigrants find work, but only 42% work in their intended occupations. These historically weak integration patterns remain systemically persistent and appear to be getting worse.
Various studies have shown that the successful integration of internationally-trained workers is affected by:
Since the recognition of prior experience and qualifications is key to bringing into play the full potential of the internationally trained worker in the Canadian labour force, the term Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) is often used broadly to encompass the range of issues associated with the integration of internationally trained workers in the workforce.
The following links provide more information on the issue:
This section of the website hireimmigrants.ca, an initiative of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, explains the business drivers for hiring immigrants.
Funded by the Government of Canada's Foreign Credential Recognition Program.
Funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program
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