Who is ‘essential’? Immigrants and foreign workers overrepresented in designated jobs during COVID-19, a new report finds

October 29, 2021

By Peterborough Examiner | The pandemic has shed light on how immigrants and foreign workers are the backbone of the essential workforce that keeps the flow of goods and services uninterrupted during the crisis. Now, for the first time, a new study has looked at the data to back it up. Based on custom government data, the Conference Board of Canada examined the representation of immigrants and temporary foreign workers in sectors...

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Ontario proposing changes to help immigrants work in their field

October 29, 2021

By CIC News | Ontario is proposing legislation that would help internationally-trained immigrants get work in their field of expertise. If passed, the new legislation would remove the number one barrier Canadian immigrants face in getting a job that matches their qualification. That is, the need for Canadian work experience to get professional registration and licensing. The change applies to certain non-health regulated professions such as engineers, architects, plumbers, electricians, accountants, hairstylists,...

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Systemic barriers keeping foreign nurses from filling shortages

October 29, 2021

By Toronto Star | While the majority of foreign nurses in Canada hail from the Philippines, a significant number of them work as caregivers due to systemic barriers within Canada’s immigration policy. It’s quite an open secret that migrant caregivers en masse are vastly overeducated and devalued in their work. In 2016, 43 per cent of immigrant caregivers admitted to Canada held a university degree, higher than the national average,...

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Nationwide study examines high unemployment rate of South Asian women towards helping to find solutions

October 29, 2021

By Canadian Immigrant Magazine | Research indicates that South Asian women have one of the highest unemployment rates (and the highest in July 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic) and a new study is trying to determine why. The nation-wide study conducted by CulturaliQ in partnership with Pink Attitude Evolution, a nonprofit empowering women of South Asian heritage, is looking to identify the barriers that prevent South Asian women from fully realizing their potential in the...

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5 reasons to question Vancouver’s label as the ‘anti-Asian hate crime capital of North America’

October 22, 2021

By Vancouver Sun | Some international media outlets this year labelled Vancouver “the anti-Asian hate crime capital of North America.” They focused on a Vancouver police report that showed hate incidents against East Asians (not “Asians,” as the articles misstate) jumping by a startling 717 per cent in the year that COVID hit, up to 98 from 12. Bloomberg, The Guardian and other media outlets then rushed to compare the Vancouver hate-crime...

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Are employers shirking responsibility in integrating foreign professionals?

October 22, 2021

By HR Reporter | While Canada’s immigration minister may have said that the country is well poised to come out of the pandemic by relying more on new immigrants, employers may not be helping. That’s according to a new report looking into the integration of foreign-trained professionals (FTPs) into the Canadian workforce, based on a survey of 99 employers in Ontario. When asked to identify who is responsible for integrating...

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