Recession affecting new Canadian immigrants
Canada, 9th March: Recession is affecting new immigrants coming to Canada.
This has been revealed by TIEDI (Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative). The fact that recession is biting the newcomers in Canada becomes evident by having a look at the jobless rate among newcomers. For new immigrants in Canada, rate of joblessness is 8.4 percent.
And jobless rate for Canada-born is stated to be 6 percent, TIEDI figures reveal.
Canada firms reluctant to hire newcomers--One of the main reasons for this difference in the employment rates for Canadian immigrants and native Canadian counterparts could be due to lack of initiative among small and medium firms to hire new Canadian immigrants. These firms are somewhat biased in hiring new immigrants.
Hence, they are not able to take advantage of the skilled immigrants in Canada.
Notable job gains for recruitment of newcomers in Canada--On the other hand, large firms are taking initiatives to recruit new immigrants in Canada. Figures revealed by TIEDI show new immigrants gained sufficient jobs in Canada in 2010.
Number of jobs gained by new immigrants in construction sector was 11,300 while accommodation and food services sector hired 18,600 new immigrants. Professional, technical and scientific services had 14,700 jobs for newcomers in Canada last year.
According to executive director of Costi Immigrant Services, Mario Calla, employment scenario of Canada is moving out of recession slowly and gradually. Nearly 55,000 immigrants have been assisted by the agency in getting jobs at 18 GTA locations, Calla admits.
Canada immigration department-CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) has reduced the annual quota of Canada immigration by 25,000 taking the annual intake to 225,000 from the earlier 250,000.
Canada Immigrant employment getting positive--However, it will be a slow process for enabling new immigrants getting a job in Canada, clarifies Calla. Immigrants will be getting jobs in their chosen field, he maintains. Several professional licensing bodies as well as large corporations are working to enable quick confirmation of foreign credentials of immigrants in Canada.
According to findings of a report by RBC, nearly 75 percent of newcomers get their credentials confirmed within a period of six months after coming to Canada. This has been a major obstacle in the way of new immigrants getting jobs in Canada.