We should do more to assist foreign-trained HR professionals: Survey

Recruiting and attracting IEPs will be essential when immigrants represent all labour market growth
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/02/2009

Muhammad Riaz Siddiqui immigrated to Canada two years ago and settled his family in Mississauga, Ont. But because Siddiqui, who is a vice-president of HR at a large bank in Pakistan, hasn’t been able to find an HR job in Canada, he will most likely return to Pakistan.

For the past two years, Siddiqui, who is a member of the Toronto-based Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and the Alexandria, Va.-based Society for Human Resources Management, has been sending out resumés but hasn’t been able to find a job commensurate with his decades of senior-level experience.

“I’m not being called,” he said. “I just want to start my career here. That’s why I got my immigration. But if I’m not getting any job, then what would I do here?”