Employers recognized for effort to recruit newcomers

MBNA, CIC, Vanier community centre recognized
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2011

It’s an oft-told story in Canada: Educated immigrants arrive only to be told they don’t have the credentials or work experience to be hired in their chosen field. Even when they do, firms may be unwilling to take the risk of hiring a foreign worker.

Several Ottawa-area employers are trying to reverse the trend and were recently recognized for their work recruiting and retaining skilled immigrants at the Hire Immigrants Ottawa Employer Awards.

The awards are as much about recognizing employers that are leveraging the talents of foreign-trained workers as they are about encouraging other organizations to take a similar step, said Henry Akanko, director of the community-based initiative.