Our Policy Work in Canada: Advocacy and Impact

Addressing Needs at Every Stage

Evaluating and verifying academic credentials is an essential part of the immigration process, but it doesn’t tell the whole story of what migrants bring. WES Canada is invested in success at every stage of an immigrant’s journey; our support focuses on labour market integration and our policy work examines and seeks to remove barriers along the way. We work with government, agencies, non-profits, and local communities to impact policies and develop and advocate for solutions.

Integrating Internationally Educated Health Professionals

During the COVID-19 crisis, WES has leveraged the attention focused on the needs of the health sector to highlight the challenges faced by immigrants who are internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) who want to work in their fields. WES has been there to highlight and amplify their stories and to develop and promote relevant policy proposals. Learn about how WES is advocating for the integration of IEHPs.

WES Policy Submissions

WES believes that policy submissions are essential to better inform decision makers. As part of our mission to ensure that all newcomers to Canada can thrive by making full use of their education, skills, and experience, WES contributes to policy discussions at all levels of government on a wide range of immigration-related issues. Learn more about WES policy submissions and advocacy action.

Research and Surveys

Every policy initiative we undertake is grounded in solid research and decades of expertise. With one of the largest collections of high-quality data on international education in the world and a large database of prospective and recent migrants to Canada, we have the resources to support evidence-based policy research. For example, our 2019 report, “Who Is Succeeding in the Canadian Labour Market? Predictors of Career Success for Skilled Immigrants,” analyzes the labour market experiences of over 6,000 WES clients who have immigrated to Canada.

WES Global Talent Bridge in Canada

Some of our most impactful policy work takes place within WES Global Talent Bridge, a program in which we partner directly with agencies, organizations, and local communities to create targeted initiatives. Learn more about WES Global Talent Bridge in Canada.