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Recruiting & Hiring

Employers stand to benefit greatly by bringing more new immigrants into their workforces. Read about how newcomers will play an integral role in B.C.’s evolving labour market.

Use the tools and resources we’ve collected to draft strategies, policies and regulations for making your workforce more inclusive. Learn where to find immigrant jobseekers and how to use ethnic and social media effectively.

Be informed about how foreign work credentials fit into Canada’s own standards. And discover how improving your cultural competence makes it easier to find the candidate for the job.

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Understanding the Labour force / Preparing for Demographic Changes in the Workplace Review Economic and Demographic Forecasts

Review Economic and Demographic Forecasts

  • BC Regional Labour Market Statistics Map - Click here
  • Regional Labour Market Report Card – BMO - Click here
  • Best Cities for Work in BC in 2016: the ranking 
  • Population, Dwelling Unit and Employment Projections for Metro Vancouver Subregions and Municipalities - Click here
  • Labour Mobility an Essential Feature of Canada’s Regional Labour Markets - Click here
  • Owning the today and tomorrow of your business – The Business Insights Survey of Canadian Private Companies - Click here (page 5-8) 
  • Regional Growth Strategy: Metro Vancouver 
  • BC Jobs Plan 3 Year Progress Update - Click here
  • The Great Canadian Skills Mismatch: People without jobs, jobs without people and MORE 
  • BC's highest paid and lowest paid jobs - Click here 
Review Immigration Trends

Review Immigration Demographic / Trends / Policy

Understand the Benefits of a Multicultural Workforce and the Talent / Experience of Immigrants

Understand the Benefits of a Multicultural Workforce and the Talent / Experience of Immigrants

Understand the Immigrant Integration Challenges Faced by Employers. Understand the Integration Issues Faced by New Immigrants / Culturally Distinct Workers

Understand the Immigrant Integration Challenges Faced by Employers and new Immigrants

  • Surrey Labour Market Integration Research Fact Sheet - Click here
  • Perceptions of Employment Barriers and Solutions - Click here 
  • IECBC 2016 Employer Forum: Unlock Bias, Leverage Global Talent
  • Survival to Success: Transforming Immigrant Outcomes - Report from the Panel on Employment Challenges of New Canadians - Click here
  • Challenges faced by small business and solutions to assist SMEs- Click here (page 5 & 6) 
  • Employment barriers and solutions - Click here (Page 36-39) 
  • Barriers faced by Employers / SMEs - Click here (Page 17 - 25)
  • What barriers of conditions impact government employment practices? - Click here Page 13 

New Immigrants' Challenges

  • Employment Readiness: Challenges faced by immigants - Click here (page 4) 
  • Wage gap between immigrants and native-born persists after 20 years in Canada  - Click here 
  • Study: Quality of Employment in the Canadian Immigrant Labour Market - Click here
Getting Started Analyze the Workforce (skills gaps and culturally diversity)

Analyze the Workforce (skills gaps and culturally diversity)

  • Jobs in Demand -  Click here 
  • Where have the job been going in the Lower Mainland - Click here 
  • Diversity Index - Map shows the "diversity index" for each neighbourhood in Metro Vancouver - Click here 
  • Steps in a Workforce Analysis and A Example - Pages 12 to 15
  • One-Year Retention Rates of Immigrants - Click here
  • Career Profile - WorkBC Job Search Tool: Understand working conditions, employment outlook etc. - Cleck here
  • SMEs in Our Cities -Review a statistical snapshot of a local labour market and the skilled immigrant demographic in these fact sheets - Click here
  • Toronto LIP Business Survey - Summary 
  • Virtual Workshop - Workforce Analysis
  • Benchmark - Visible Minority Leadership in the GTA: a snapshot of diversity in the Greater Toronto Area - Cleck here
  • Interactive map shows where different occupations live in Metro Vancouver - Click here 
Assess Cultural Readiness of Workplace

Assess Cultural Readiness of Workplace

  • A Diversity Thermometer - Page 11
  • Culture Check: What is Your Cultural DNA - Series Tools (Pages 54-55, 79, 99)
  • Diversity Staffing Structures: Examining Current Practices in the Area of Diversity Staffing - Click here 
  • The Diversity & Inclusion Study (2013): Workplace diversity progress hampered by lack of strategic engagement and resources - Summary 
Develop a Plan to Build a Culturally Diverse Workplace

Develop a Plan to Build a Culturally Diverse Workplace

Develop Culturally Diversity Policies and Regulations

Develop Culturally Diversity Policies and Regulations

Advertising the Job Identify the Talent Pool

Identify the Talent Pool

Evaluate / Review the Essential Job Duties, Responsibilities and Qualifications

Evaluate / Review the Essential Job Duties, Responsibilities and Qualifications

Review and Revise Job Ads

Review and Revise Job Ads

  • The WorkBC Employer’s Tool Kit - Plain Language A Checklist for Employers (Page 15) - Click here
  • IEC BC Tip Sheet: Where to Post a Job Vacancy  - Click here
  • End the call for ‘Canadian experience’ - Click here
  • Low risk, big return: using paid interships to revruit skilled immigrant talents - Click here 

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Identify Best Advertising Approaches / Mediums

Identify Best Advertising Approaches / Mediums

  • Top 10 most overused words on LinkedIn profiles for 2012 - Click here
  • Advertising - Sources for Employers (Effective methods of attracting/ advertising to immigrant candidates, Page 14) - Click here
  • Advertise job postings in local ethnic media - Click here
  • Advertise job postings at social utilities - Facebook or LinkedIn
Screening Applicants Setup Screening Strategy

Setup Screening Strategy 

Assess Candidates' Experience

Assess Candidates' Experience

Assess candidates' Education and Qualification (Foreign Credential and Overseas Degrees Recognition)

Assess candidates' Education and Qualification (Foreign Credential and Overseas Degrees Recognition)

Assess Language Proficiency
  • Tips of Assessing Language Proficiency - Click here
  • Can Do Statements - The Can Do Statements are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). They describe what learners can do at benchmarks 1 to 12 in the skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. 
  • An Occupational Language Analysis (OLA) defines the standard English and French language requirements of an occupation based on the tasks identified in occupation-specific Essential Skills Profiles.
  • Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN™) - Click here
  • NEW Language Assessment Tool – ICTC - Click here 
  • Language Benchmarks for ICT sector - Click here
Interviewing and Assessing Develop Bias Free Interview Questions

Develop Bias Free Interview Questions

Conduct Bias Free Interviews

Conduct Bias Free Interviews

  • BC HRMA Tool 3: Awareness of Body Language at Interviews - Click here
  • BC HRMA Tool 4: Testing Performance and Skills on Key Job Criteria - Interview Stage
  • The biggest body language mistakes job seekers make - Click here
  • Video: Communication Skills - Click here
  • Video: The Quick Once Over, and Pronunciation - Click here
  • Video: Tell Us About Your Self, Past Accomplishment, Dealing with Conflict, and Informal Language in an Interview - Click here
Reference Checking Check the References of Internationally Experienced Applicants

Check the References of Internationally Experienced Applicants

  • BC HRMA Cultural Competence Toolkit -Step 4 (Page 7)
  • Guide to Checking Skilled Immigrant Reference (Downloadable tool) - Click here
Offering the Job Use Plain Language

Use Plain Language

  • BC HRMA Cultural Competence Toolkit - Step 5 (Page 8)
  • Prior to the First Day: Preparing to Welcome the New Immigrant Employee - Click here (page 15)
  • Six Onboarding Best Practices to Welcome New Hirs - Click here 
  • What job expectations does Supporting Employee Success include? - Check list (page 5-18)
  • Who do I need to show my Social Insurance Number (SIN) to?  Tips for protecting your confidential information - Click here 
  • Tips for New Employees: The Employee's First Day - A List of Considerations - Click here (page 21)
  • Tips of orientation - Click here 
  • Canadian Living Wage Framework provides a consistent living wage definition, calculation methodology, and strategy for recognizing corporate and community leadership who commit to pass a living wage policy.