According to a recent report on employers across Atlantic Canada, a whopping 88% of those surveyed said they had positive impressions on immigrant workers. Employers in the region are keen to hire immigrants as they are “hold-working, skilled and reliable”.
The report is by The Harris Centre at Newfoundland’s Memorial University, titled ‘Employer Attitudes Towards Hiring Newcomers and International Students in the Atlantic Provinces’. Atlantic Canada includes the four easternmost Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.
It found that a number of employers in Atlantic Canada face difficulties in hiring employees with the necessary skills and experience.
The report further investigated attitudes and perceptions of employers to understand the newcomer integration into the region’s labour market.
Above 50% of Atlantic Canada employers who received job applications from international students or immigrants ended up hiring an immigrant or international student.
They have, however, said that they found it difficult to retain immigrants in the region as they leave searching for more job opportunities in other parts of the country.
Atlantic Canada is currently dealing with a population crisis with declining fertility rates and an aging population.
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Governments, learning institutions and employers have been developing initiatives to retain more immigrants, international students and temporary workers to the region.
In 2010, the region hosted around 3% of newcomers to Canada, even though its total population is 6.5% of Canada's. In 2016, this increased to 5%, to 22% in 2018 and 26% in 2019 after the Atlantic Immigration Pilot was launched in 2017.
In spite of this, the region has the lowest immigrant and retention rates in the country.
The study recommended a few measures to counter this. This includes introducing immigration policies that meet employers’ needs across the region, introducing intercultural training for employers and immigrants and changing workplace practices to help immigrants.
Source: CIC News