Diversifying the workplace
For immigrants, finding meaningful employment in a new country can be a daunting task. Often, credentials and certifications they earned in their home countries aren’t recognized in Canada, and they are faced with having to requalify or pursue other lines of work. With families of their own and bills to pay, one can imagine the struggle to find work while sometimes also learning a new language and adjusting to a different environment. The process can be daunting and its often local resources that help mitigate the stress.
Lisseth says, “I am guiding and helping three immigrants apply for jobs at City of London. The City of London is committed to hiring people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community and immigrant newcomers. A diverse workplace is a better workplace. Immigrants bring a valuable skill-set to corporations, and in general to the Canadian workforce.”
Another Londoner, Dharshi says, “This week, a colleague helped a new immigrant, an internationally trained professional, connect with a company that offers services to help start, grow and connect companies in many industries including digital media, the life sciences, advanced manufacturing and clean technology.”
It is these acts of welcome that go a long way in helping immigrants feel settled and give them a sense of belonging.