Skilled immigrants overlooked for leadership roles: Report

Changing labour market among challenges for newcomers
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/18/2016

While employers are showing an increasing willingness to hire skilled immigrants, they still need to build more inclusive workplaces, according to a report released by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). 

For one thing, many employers are reluctant to consider immigrants for leadership roles. Twenty per cent would not consider hiring a recent immigrant into a senior leadership or executive position, according to a 2015 survey of 92 employers conducted by Canadian HR Reporter in partnership with TRIEC.

And in the Peel and Halton region in Ontario, 28 per cent of employers would not consider newcomers for supervisory or manager positions while 37 per cent would not consider them for senior leader or executive positions, according to a survey of 484 organizations by the Peel Halton Workforce Development Group.