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Canadian Employment Resources for Skilled Immigrants

Wednesday August 31, 2016 | by WES Global Talent Bridge

Job placement tops the list of desired services of prospective immigrants applying to Canada in 2014. This is according to a 2014 survey with more than 3,000 overseas World Education Services (WES) clients who were applying to the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Desired Services and Support upon Arrival in Canada


Through Express Entry, which is Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s new application management system, self-promotion and connecting to Canadian employers before arriving in Canada can play a critical part in being invited to apply to immigrate to Canada.

In late 2014, WES partnered with Magnet, an initiative of Ryerson University in Toronto, which received funding from the Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. Magnet pulls into the demand side or the job postings side through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), a business network that strives to support economic growth in Ontario through numerous activities that has 60,000 members ranging from small businesses to major corporations.

The OCC is promoting Magnet to its members as the place to post their job openings to connect with the talent they’re looking to hire. Through the collaboration with OCC, the Magnet platform provides WES clients and other community members a portal to access opportunities that would be hard to find elsewhere.

The Magnet platform makes it easy for the OCC’s business members to post jobs and the system automatically selects the best candidates based on a comparison of their skills, experience, and education to the requirements of the job posting. Since the launch of Magnet in late 2014, more than 600 WES clients have signed up to take advantage of the opportunity of accessing more than 5,000 job postings from 2,000 Ontario employers.

To see the jobs you would be a match for, click here to create your profile.

Here is a sampling of the WES Magnet talent pool by employer title and job functions:

Magnet talent pool sampling

Employer Perspectives

Recent research from Allies finds that employers in Ontario place the highest value on an employee’s language and soft skill competency over Canadian work experience. Allies is an initiative of the Maytree Foundation, their research for this report included key informant interviews, newcomer surveys, employer surveys, focus groups, ideation session, and a literature review. Visit the Allies site to view the full research report.

Employer perceptions of barriers to newcomer employment

Because employers ranked language and communications skills as the number one barrier to newcomer employment, it’s important to prioritize mastering these skills. The Intercultural Communication for the Canadian Workplace (ICCW) course is a highly regarded online program from Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

This course addresses the intercultural communication/soft skills challenges that newcomers face in the Canadian workplace. The program is self-directed and offers video scenarios that are set in the workplace that helps those working in culturally diverse environments to become more effective communicators. The program costs $100 and it
provides an Award of Completion from Ryerson Chang School. Visit the Chang School of Continuing Education to learn more.

WES Global Talent Bridge is a program dedicated to helping skilled immigrants fully utilize their talents and education in the United States and Canada. Global Talent Bridge joins with institutional partners and community organizations to help skilled immigrants leverage their training, achieve their professional goals, and contribute their talents to their full potential.