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    Posted: Apr/11/2013 at 9:14pm

Skilled immigrants critical to innovation; savvy GTA employers tap into this talent pool


Canada is facing a serious labour shortage. Our population is aging, the birth rate is slowing and there are fewer people with the requisite skills to fill vacant jobs. Skilled immigrants are a key source for new talent with Statistics Canada predicting that by 2031, one in three workers will be born outside the country. Toronto is currently one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities and leading GTA businesses already recognize the critical opportunity this provides for their growth and innovation.

Over the past seven years, TRIEC has recognized more than 25 employers for their leadership in recruiting and retaining skilled immigrants. Each organization is different, but each recognizes the value of a diverse workforce for both the individual employer and the larger economy:

  1. Diversity breeds innovation – skilled immigrants bring diverse thinking and problem-solving skills that advance innovation
  2. Language skills and cultural know-how are key – a workforce that reflects the community it serves allows a business to more effectively engage with its customers and access networks locally and overseas that might otherwise go untapped
  3. Access to greater talent – the Toronto and GTA offers a major talent pool of potential employees who are often highly educated and possess unique skills and can help address skills shortages

The four winners – three organizations and one individual – all recognize this value and will be honoured at a ceremony tonight for their leadership in integrating immigrant talent.

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