In an effort to better integrate foreign trained workers into the labour force, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is assisting fifteen communities as they facilitate bridging between workers and potential employers. “Ontario is a magnet for the world – we attract people from around the globe who want to pursue new careers, and lifetime ambitions. But so often we fail to make these dreams come true. We need to better integrate these talented new Ontarians into businesses that can benefit from their expertise, insight, global experience and connections,” says Len Crispino, President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
With support of the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada, the OCC will provide over $1,000,000 in grants through its Global Experience @ Work (GE@W) program to chambers of commerce in fifteen communities in Ontario. In Durham Region the Durham Economic Prosperity Committee of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce has received funding in part by Global Experience @ Work, an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, with support and funding from the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
Global Experience @ Work (GE@W) is designed to better integrate foreign trained professionals into the labour force by facilitating a bridge between workers and potential employers. This is the second phase of GE@W in which the OCC has provided grants to 15 community projects throughout the province. “Immigration is the lifeblood of Ontario; the skills and experience of newcomers fuel our economy and enrich our culture” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
“That is why we partner with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in programs such as the Global Experience at Work. We are an Open Ontario and our future depends on the skills and talents of our newcomers to ensure that we can compete successfully in today’s global economy.”
Over sixty community organizations will partner in the local community programs which will take place in the following locations: Brampton, Chatham, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener – Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Peterborough, Oshawa, Trenton, Picton, Belleville, Smith Falls, St. Catharines and Timmins.
• Mentoring and job shadowing programs;
• Diversity training for employers;
• Job fairs;
• Resource guides;
• Workshops and training
GE@W also helps to address the OCC’s concerns with the skills shortage that has and will increasingly affect many industries in Ontario. Immigration now represents the only net growth in the economy, therefore making it even more vital that immigrants’ talents are fully utilized. A similar program was operated in 2008 with programs in ten communities.