Maytree News in Review – Week ending January 14, 2011

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Immigration Across Canada

As we covered last week, most immigrant settlement funding cuts are happening in Ontario ($43 out of $53 million), and there has been increased coverage of immigration trends across the country: Its working (in Winnipeg), International migrants flocking to Alberta, Webinar Jan 21: Land of Opportunity? Why Immigrants Fare Better in Atlantic Canada PDF.

Diversity, Accomodation and Fitting In

Diversity in Canada seems to have received quite a lot of coverage this week. Well start by plugging the upcoming Cities of Migration webinar, Ballot Box to the Podium, focused in part on DiverseCity School4Civics, a Maytree project. Two posts in the DiverseCity blog add to this conversation: (1) Meet Louroz Mercader: When we see ourselves in our elected officials it tells us that we are understood and that our issues matter, and (2) GTA leaders on multiculturalism.

This week also saw a great focus on strategic workplace and business diversity, which, in general is well received and strongly supported (see our previous series about DiverseCity onBoard). Stories worth reading include: Emerging entrepreneurs in the news, Diversity at work. Your work, Workplace Diversity and Inclusiveness Forum: Translating Diversity into Business Advantage, Vive la difference! Seeing foreigners as foreign encourages local coworkers to assist them (Release, Report (PDF), Ethnic diversity a game changer for Ontario growers. And, if youre in Toronto, this event might be of interest: Multicultural Mega Networking.

In terms of cultural or community diversity, well, its been a bit of a mixed week. Lets start with the positive, welcoming angle: Saudi students happy to call the Sault home, Sikhs have come a long way since Abbotsford temple 100 years ago, Ethnic diversity thrives in Drayton Valley. The mix of smaller centres in these stories is both heartening and worth watching.

This week, the Safe Harbour project launched its Life Saving Respect For All Public Service Announcements (PSAs). These PSAs focus on various forms of discrimination and ask listeners: What would YOU do if you were this witness?

But not all stories on diversity are getting rave reviews. In particular, a planned hospice on UBC, close to some expensive condos, is being accused of lacking cultural sensitivity. Reaction has been strong, and uniformly supportive of the hospice plan. And, in Canadian politics, a Tory senator questioned a Bloc, Vietnamese-born MPs loyalty to Canada.

Employment, Integration, Success

There were quite a number of stories about newcomers and employment. With this storys usual up and down roller coaster ride, coverage has provided an interesting mix this week.

Lets get the bad out of the way first. The CBC reports about a group of temporary foreign workers from the Phillipines seeking $10M damages from B.C. Dennys restaurants. Well take this opportunity to provide Maytrees previous Recommendations for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

In the realm of mixed news, Statistics Canada asks the question Do Highly Educated Immigrants Perform Differently in the Canadian and U.S. Labour Markets? The Globe & Mail says yes, highly educated immigrants fare better in U.S. than Canada.

The International Organization for Migration released a report entitled The Role of Migrant Care Workers in Aging Societies. According to The Stars Carol Goar, the quick summary indicates that no one is very good at importing caregivers. A past Maytree Opinion piece looked at the Live-in Caregiver program in Canada Caring but not Cared for (PDF).

The World Economic Forum released a report that analyzes projected talent shortages by 2020 and 2030 in 25 countries (including Canada), 13 industries, and nine occupational clusters: Industries and countries worldwide will require major increases of highly educated people in their workforces to sustain economic growth. It offers seven responses to deal with this global talent risk. Read the release, download the report (PDF).

On the Canadian front of integration, last weeks Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) conference reported a study (to be released) recommending that the Key to Newcomer Success Is To Become More Canadian. IEPs are more likely to successfully integrate into the local workforce if they focus on becoming more Canadian. Clearly, integration success is a two-way street. If youre familiar with and have followed the saga of Tarek in TRIECs Finding Talent video, youll be interested to know that the next chapter in this series, Integrating Talent, is coming soon. Preview it now.

Looking out West once again for some good news (to some Maytree partners), there are great models of mentorship for newcomers to help them in their economic integration (i.e. finding a job) in Canada. These articles feature the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC) and the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC): Program looks at connecting skilled immigrants with appropriate jobs, Building innovation, Initiative matches mentors with job seekers, The Career Mentorship Symposium.

Of course, were newcomers given more opportunities, we may see more news from across the country with headlines like this: Immigrants could help businesses succeed (in Quebec). Read the complete release and report (en français).

Marco Campana
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