VANCOUVER, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) today announced the awarding of $1.4 million from the Employer
Innovation Fund (EIF) for 11 innovative projects to assist employers,
industry and business associations in developing initiatives and
resources to integrate skilled immigrants into BC workplaces. Funded by
the Government of Canada and the Province of BC through the Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement, the Employer
Innovation Fund was announced at the 2012 Leaders' Summit on Immigrant
Employment hosted by IEC-BC in the fall.
"I'd like to congratulate the 11 organizations that were selected to
receive funding through the Employer Innovation Fund," said Pat Bell,
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible
for Labour. "Employers understand the challenges in hiring, retaining
and integrating immigrants into their workplaces, and these projects
will help employers engage in the development of programs, resources
and tools to allow them to better facilitate immigrant employment in
meeting labour market challenges."
EIF projects, which are employer-led, employer-driven and address
employer needs to effectively attract, hire and retain skilled
immigrants in BC workplaces, were funded in all regions of the province
and in six key industry sectors to employers, sector organizations and
business associations. Funded projects include the creation of
resources to assist employers in assessing foreign qualifications, an
onboarding program that helps employers integrate skilled immigrants
into the workplace and outreach campaigns to recruit and retain skilled
new immigrants to a community and industry.
"The EIF is a unique fund that will help connect employers seeking
skilled talent and BC's skilled immigrants who are not working or who
are under-unemployed," said Kelly Pollack, Executive Director of the
Immigrant Employment Council of BC. "These projects will go a long way
to helping BC employers develop new and innovative ways to address
labour skills shortages and facilitate the integration of skilled new
immigrants into their workplaces."
With more than one million job openings in the next decade due to an
aging workforce and economic growth, skilled immigrant talent is needed
to address the labour skills shortage and demand for skilled workers in
"Businesses of all sizes and all sectors across this province are
beginning to understand how times have changed in terms of hiring human
resources," said John Winter, President and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce. "Now more than ever before, employers are looking to sources of
immigration to fill their needs, and there is a clear role for IEC-BC
in helping them do so."
In the awarding of EIF funding, priority was given to projects that
impact more than just one employer, show the potential for
sustainability post-project, focus on hiring and retaining immigrants
who are permanent residents of BC, and demonstrate a direct benefit to
small and medium-size businesses.
For a complete list of EIF-funded projects, visit www.iecbc.ca/our-initiatives/employer-innovation-fund
Learn More: The Immigrant Employment Council of BC stimulates the integration of skilled immigrant talent into the
province's workforce by fostering solutions, building connections and
being a champion to help employers attract and retain immigrants.
SOURCE: Immigrant Employment Council of BC
For further information:
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Direct: 604 630-5018
Cell: 604 218-3487
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism
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