Refugees are touted as one of the responses to address the massive labor shortage in Canada’s $ 230 billion information and communications industry as it s ‘associates with a global nonprofit organization that finds jobs for refugees.
Under an agreement announced Wednesday, TECHNATION, a Canadian tech industry association, will work with Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB), a global non-profit organization that finds jobs for refugees, especially those from countries like Afghanistan, Lebanon and Jordan.
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“TECHNATION is honored to support this important initiative, alongside Canada’s commitments to support the immigration of refugees from around the world,” said Angela Mondou, president and CEO of the industry association.
“My own experience working with the Canadian military in war zones has forever changed my perspective on why Canada must continue to scale up and to lend a hand,” he said. she declared.
âThe need for skilled tech talent in Canada is real, and this partnership with TBB is another important way to make a difference, helping both employers and job seekers.
A MASSIVE WORKFORCE SHORTAGE IN CANADA MEANS OPPORTUNITIES FOR SKILLED WORKERS
Canada faces a massive labor shortage and immigration is a critical piece of the puzzle for Canada in solving this problem.
TBB helps employers by recruiting from a pool of displaced people and increasing their recruitment efforts by giving them access to previously untapped talent.
The non-profit organization currently has 30,000 qualified refugees seeking employment. The organization strives to unlock skilled migration routes to provide them with positions around the world.
Skilled workers who wish to immigrate to Canada can often take advantage of Global talent stream (GTS) of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) whereby Canadian work permits and visa applications are processed within two weeks to fill labor shortages.
They can also apply for economic immigration programs, including the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, Canadian experience, Caregiver, Specialized trade and Qualified worker programs.
Businesses are bullish on immigration to fill begging jobs
Business leaders in Canada are certainly optimistic about immigration and see it as a way to help solve the labor shortage.
In the Atlantic province of New Brunswick, for example, business leaders have called on Ottawa to boost immigration ahead of the last federal election.
“No matter which party is formed, the government must prioritize policies and investments that allow businesses to access the talent and capital they need to recover and grow,” said Alex LeBlanc, CEO of New Brunswick Business Council at a press conference.
Guylaine BÃ©liveau, LifeWorks director for the firm’s compensation consulting practice, says employers are struggling with a shortage of qualified employees and recruiting staff is more difficult than ever.
The nonprofit plans to help Canadian tech companies by matching job descriptions with its pool of qualified applicants, facilitating remote interviews and providing support during the visa application process.
Refugees are both a humanitarian crisis and an opportunity for staff recruiters
âAt a time when the world is experiencing both economic and humanitarian crisis, it is more important than ever for Canada to lead the world on the world stage,â said Patrick O’Leary, TBB Country Director for the Canada.
âMaking economic routes more accessible to skilled refugees is not only the smart thing for employers to do, it is also the right thing to do. TBB looks forward to working with TECHNATION and technology companies across Canada to support refugees and address the critical skills shortage in Canada.
Canada’s information, communications and technology sector generates more than 671,100 jobs and invests $ 8 billion per year in research and development, more than any other player in the private sector.
Over the past three years, TECHNATION has played a significant role in deploying over $ 200 million in government funding and talent in the technology sector.
She launched CareerFinder, an artificially intelligent digital platform focused on Canadian labor market intelligence for the tech sector and also launched programs in artificial intelligence and cyber talent development.