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​​​​There are many ways to build a diverse workforce in Simcoe County. Consider contacting one of these supports:



Employment Ontario - Employment ServicesEmployment Ontario - Employment Services<p>Employment Ontario staff can assist employers with the following services:</p><ul><li>Job posting services and recruitment support</li><li>Wage incentives and apprenticeship signing bonuses</li><li>Labour market information and other resources <br></li></ul><p><strong>Find a <a href="https://immigration.simcoe.ca/Pages/Employment-Ontario.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Simcoe County location nearest you</font></a></strong></p>
International Student ProgramInternational Student ProgramEmployers can hire students who come to Canada through the International Student Program. Students in this program require special work permits and can be hired during their studies, or after they graduate through the Off-Campus/Post-Graduate Work Permit Program. Retaining skilled and internationally-educated students in Simcoe County will boost the workforce for years to come. <p style="text-align:center;"><strong>Did you know?</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;">Georgian College has more than 3000 International students each year.</p><p style="text-align:center;">Tap into global talent!</p><p>For more information contact Sean Elliot, International Co-op Consultant, Georgian College, <span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="mailto:joanne.foxton@georgiancollege.ca">joanne.foxton@georgiancollege.ca</a></span>. For more information on hiring international students, visit <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/hire-foreign-worker/international-students.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Hire International Students - IRCC website</font></a>​</p>
The Canadian Experience ClassThe Canadian Experience ClassThe Canadian Experience Class (CEC) permits temporary foreign workers and foreign students who have graduated in Canada to apply to stay permanently in the country.<p>To be accepted for permanent resident status through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), applicants must have: </p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Required work experience obtained in Canada and was acquired with proper work permits or authorizations </li><li>Work experience in Canada obtained in a job or an occupation that requires a specific level of skill, education or training</li><li>Ability to communicate in one of Canada's two official languages</li></ul><p><em>Advantage to Employers:</em></p><p>The <em>Canadian Experience Class </em>has<strong> </strong>streamlined application requirements allowing applicants to continue working in Canada while their application for permanent residence is processed (approximately 14 months). Employers continue to benefit from this supply of skilled labour while waiting on the application process.</p><p><a href="http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/multimedia/video/becoming_canadian/students/students.asp" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="Go to Video Pic.png" src="/hiring/PublishingImages/hire/tools/recruitment/Go%20to%20Video%20Pic.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a> </p><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/video/becoming-canadian-students.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">International students discuss becoming part of the Canadian Experience Class</font></a>​</p>
Mentoring and Job Coaching ProgramsMentoring and Job Coaching Programs<p>Hiring an intern or international student may be a good solution to fill a temporary workforce void. The suitability for long-term employment can be evaluated while candidates obtain on-the-job training and relevant work experience.</p><p>Mentorship, internships and job-coaching programs are formal, structured work experiences that align with professional or career learning goals. These opportunities provide participants an opportunity to gain practical knowledge and skills and connect them with a potential future employer. Positions can be part-time or full-time, and typically run between one-to-two months. Employers are provided the opportunity to acquire talented, skilled workers, and participants acquire on-the-job experience and support in their field of interest.</p><p><br>Successful internships or job coaching programs include:</p><ul><li>Clear guidelines on recruitment, selection, training, and supervision</li><li>Clear expectations and tasks for mutual success</li><li>Contributions and expertise from the intern</li><li>Commitment to the success of the program and help to mentor the intern</li><li>Evaluation of the progress and efforts of the intern and opportunities to provide purposeful feedback</li></ul><p>For more information, check out the "Employer Resources" from <a href="https://www.eng.uwo.ca/coop/employers/internship_program/internship_responsibilities.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Internships.com</font></a>, visit <a href="http://www.hireimmigrants.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">hireimmigrants.ca</font></a>, or contact your local <a href="https://immigration.simcoe.ca/Pages/Employment-Ontario.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Employment Ontario Employment Service provider</font></a>.<strong></strong><a href="http://www.immigration.simcoe.ca/work/job/services" target="_blank"><strong></strong></a><strong> </strong>​</p>
Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs)Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs)<p>PINs are online communities and programs designed to strengthen and link various immigrant associations, and build connections with employers, professional associations, service providers, government organizations, and others. Connecting with a PIN can help employers recruit a skilled workforce. </p><p><br>Learn more about Professional Immigrant Networks: </p><p><a href="http://www.networksforimmigrants.ca/what-we-do" target="_blank"><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="Go to Video Pic.png" src="/hiring/PublishingImages/hire/tools/recruitment/Go%20to%20Video%20Pic.png" style="margin:5px;" /></a> <strong></strong> </p><a href="http://triec.ca/pins/directory/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Professional Immigrant Networks </font></a>

Job Central Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka's Regional Employment Website:

A regional job posting website has been developed for Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka.  Employers can now post job positions at no charge and find local employment services, while job seekers can access current listings all in one convenient location.  Regular features are success stories and employer spotlights.  This website is featured on www.immigration.simcoe.ca, linking immigrant talent directly to local job postings.


Video on Recruiting: Finding Talent:

 Recruiting: Finding Talent

The above video presents the challenges and biases employers must overcome when attracting and recruiting skilled immigrants. The video touches on the business case for companies to leverage the talents of skilled immigrants. Produced by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), the video is intended for HR professionals and line managers with hiring responsibilities. For access to additional training videos​, supporting materials and other recruitment tools, visit hireimmigrants.ca​.