Local labour shortages have proved difficult for businesses across Leeds and Grenville. This has reflected the larger trend of shortages across the country, ones that seem set to continue for the foreseeable future. To help local employers tap into more talent, several local agencies have come together to offer free online training on the why and how of hiring immigrants. 

With four sessions starting in January and running through February, the training offers employers insights on why hiring immigrants is beneficial to their business beyond just filling gaps, how to attract and retain immigrants, the different pathways to Canada and visas, and how to create a workplace culture that is welcoming to all. Each session is run independent of the others, allowing the choice of topics to attend depending on individuals’ schedules and interests. 

The training is being done by Hire Immigrants Ottawa and Recruit Without Borders, industry professionals who have great insight and experience with the topics. As well, CSE Consulting, The Employment + Education Centre, KEYS Job Centre, the St. Lawrence—Rideau Immigration Partnership, and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville have all worked together to offer these sessions and add a local perspective to the trainings.

“Immigrants not only help fill labour gaps, but give businesses new perspectives, help create international connections, and can offer different solutions and ideas,” says Melissa Francis, Program Manager for the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership. “Beyond simply business and the economic benefits, attracting more immigrants to the region helps add to the richness of our area’s culture and helps combat the aging population issues we face.”

To register or for more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/hiring-immigrants-free-employer-training-tickets-510683838107 or email lauren@eecentre.com 


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