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Challenges Immigrants Face

Workforce Challenges and Barriers

Immigrants, upon entering the workforce in Canada, often experience challenges and barriers, including:

  • Lack of recognition of previous experience/requirement for Canadian work experience
  • Lack of recognition of foreign credentials
  • Disconnect between the skills immigrants bring and hope to use, and the occupations that employers hope they can fill once they arrive
  • Lack of recognition of previous experience
  • Negative public attitude towards accents
  • Lack of connections to the job market
  • Language barriers
  • Lack of skills bridging opportunities
  • Lack of full understanding of Canadian workplace culture

(Source: The Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council)

 

Overall Challenges of Immigrants - StatsCan Report:

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(Source: StatCan Greatest Difficulties Immigrants Face)

Employers can prepare for these challenges by becoming informed. Current recruitment and hiring practices, as well as, on-the-job integration, may require different approaches for an immigrant employee. Visit our section on Hiring Tools for more information and resources to help at various stages of business development.