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Reform overdue for skilled immigration; Performance reviews make workers feel valued: survey
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/08/2011

Reform overdue for skilled immigration

TORONTO — Canada’s approach to immigration faces major challenges and requires reform if the country is to meet the international competition for skilled immigrants, according to a policy study from the C.D. Howe Institute. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, the earnings gap between Canadian- and foreign-born workers has widened and the catch-up interval for earnings has lengthened. These results have come at the cost of fewer human resources and skills available to the Canadian economy, a potential threat to social cohesion and the likely loss of skilled immigrants who choose to return home or move to another country, found the study.

Performance reviews make workers feel valued: survey

MARKHAM, ONT. — Almost three-quarters (71 per cent) of employees feel valued because of their performance review, according to a survey by Ceridian Canada. Sixty-six per cent of the 800 survey respondents said their reviews were customized to their position and 64 per cent felt they were provided with valuable feedback — but only 56 per cent were given a clear career path for the future, found the survey. In addition, 75 per cent of the respondents said their employer helps them develop their skills by providing professional development training and among those who feel valued by their employer, 82 per cent are being provided with professional development.

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