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Helping immigrant workers fit in

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For most immigrant workers it is very tough to adjust in Canada. There are many milestones a foreign worker has to pass in order to find a job such as navigating the interview process, missing Canadian work experience, cultural differences, language barriers etc.

There are currently many new programs that help newcomers and foreign workers overcome barriers in the Canadian workplace and these inititives will become even more important in the years to come. A recent Statistic Canada report suggests that by 2031 one in three Canadian workers could be foreign-born, up from about one in five in 2006. Such a dramatic change in the labour force will make it even more important that Canadian employers help immigrant workers to adapt and even change the thought processes of the companies hiring managers.

Government efforts such as the Canadian Immigration Integration Program help workers get jobs that recognize their experience and education but Canadian companies have to open their doors to internationally trained professionals.

Last Tuesday, October 4th, the Globe and Mail published an article about a program that started 3 years ago in Toronto and that offers new Canadian citizens a 12-month “cultural access pass” to attractions nationwide, all of them at no charge.

The program is called CAP and managed by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and is exploding in popularity – it now has enrolment rates of 80 citizens a day, with 1,000 attractions nationwide expected to be on board by year’s end. The program is now in place at more than 600 museums, galleries, parks and discovery centres in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and the Northwest Territories.

Information about the program is handed out during every citizenship ceremony nationwide.
New citizens have the possibility to learn more about Canada, to connect with Canadian culture and to embrace the diversity and the different cultures that make up Canada.