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Brockville Welcomes Cultural Diversity

  1. 1. BROCKVILLE WELCOMES Cultural Diversity EDCO Conference February 4 th , 2010 David Paul and Terry O’ Reilly
  2. 2. OUTLINE <ul><li>Immigration and Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>The Canadian Picture </li></ul><ul><li>The CIRRO Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits and Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Programming and Next Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Resources </li></ul><ul><li>The Pricedex Story </li></ul>
  3. 3. NEEDS AND BENEFITS <ul><li>Attraction of Talent – Skilled Labour </li></ul><ul><li>Demographic Diversification – Younger Families </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in Personal Income per Capita </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Diversity – Enhancing Social Fabric </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability for our Future </li></ul><ul><li>21 st Century Community Corporate Image </li></ul>
  4. 4. FACTS AND FIGURES <ul><li>Each year Canada welcomes about 250,000 immigrants and refugees </li></ul><ul><li>According to the Conference Board of Canada 375,000 new immigrants are needed annually in order to stabilize workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Over 80% of immigrants destine to Canada’s 10 largest cities </li></ul><ul><li>Only 4% of new immigrants in Ontario settle in rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>65% of all immigrants in Ontario come from Asia and Middle East, 15% from Europe, 10% from South America, Caribbean and Central America, 7% from Africa </li></ul>
  5. 5. FACTS AND FIGURES <ul><li>41% of immigrants come in their prime working age of 25 to 44 years, 50 % of newcomers are below 25 years and 9% are over 45 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Only 28% of local population are in their prime working age of 25-44 years, 30% are below 25 years and 42% are over 45 years </li></ul><ul><li>51% of immigrants hold university degrees compared to 20% of Canadian-born workers </li></ul><ul><li>Average household income of skilled immigrants in their 4 th year of arrival ranges between $34,000 - $37,000, while the average household income for Canada is $86,300 </li></ul><ul><li>Not recognizing the skills of immigrants costs the Canadian economy $ 3.4 – 5 billion a year (Human Resources and Social Development Canada). </li></ul>
  6. 6. CIRRO * IS ALL ABOUT: <ul><li>Education and awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement and mobilization </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration towards a Made in Brockville/Leeds Grenville plan </li></ul><ul><li>Execution </li></ul><ul><li>Measurement and adjustment </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate and promote to other communities </li></ul><ul><li>* Community Immigrant Retention in Rural Ontario (CIRRO) </li></ul>
  7. 7. STRATEGY <ul><ul><li>A bottom-up approach, strengths and challenges (Community Stakeholders) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A collaborative structure (CIRRO Steering Committee) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An evidence-based approach (Documentation and Tools Production) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. SETTLEMENT CONCERN IN RURAL COMMUNITIES <ul><li>Language Training </li></ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Translated Material </li></ul><ul><li>Public Transportation </li></ul>
  9. 9. POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES OF RURAL COMMUNITIES <ul><li>Affordability </li></ul><ul><li>Friendliness </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul>
  10. 10. ACTIVITIES COMPLETED <ul><li>Immigration EXPO & Community Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Community Education and Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder Immobilization </li></ul><ul><li>Grant Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration – Business Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration Video – Workplace Focus </li></ul>
  11. 11. NEXT STEPS <ul><li>Tool Box Development – For OMAFRA </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce Communications/Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration Portal </li></ul><ul><li>Continue Education & Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration Attraction Program- Secondary Immigration </li></ul>
  12. 12. Financial Resources <ul><li>Career Bridge </li></ul><ul><li>The Ontario Trillium Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship and Immigration Canada “Welcoming </li></ul><ul><li>Communities” Initiative </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Citizenship and Immigration Canada “Promoting </li></ul><ul><li>Integration” Multiculturalism Program </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Maytree Foundation “Assisting Local Leaders with </li></ul><ul><li>Immigrant Employment Strategies” (ALLIES) Program </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 19. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is Mostly Good and Beautiful <ul><li>Good skills, poor local and industry familiarity </li></ul><ul><li>Overall performance results </li></ul><ul><li>What we have done to bolster weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Imperfect solution better than no solution </li></ul><ul><li>Upsides: work ethic, work quality, caring, meeting deadlines and meeting expectations, response to extra demands, etc </li></ul>
  15. 20. How to Keep Them and Develop Them <ul><li>Helping them to Land </li></ul><ul><li>Adapting to their Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Interest in their History and Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching the very best of Ours </li></ul><ul><li>Assisting on the progression of paths to Permanent Resident Status and then to Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Finding the Support Resources – Dave Paul, etc. – our actual experience and its benefits </li></ul>
  16. 21. Accepting a New Paradigm and Meeting the Leadership Needs <ul><li>There is a new thing we must become ‘good at’ </li></ul><ul><li>Absence of bias, embracing the new paradigm, and influencing with the best of Canadian values and principles </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Levels of Government - completing the loop – Local Welcoming is Not Enough </li></ul><ul><li>Business ultimately needs to Lead and Execute </li></ul><ul><li>Someone needs to lead businesses to their own Leadership role - You need to lead them there </li></ul>
  17. 22. Summary and Concluding Comments <ul><li>The results for Pricedex: Progress vs Constraint – Both Sides Happy </li></ul><ul><li>They have adjusted well – We have adjusted well </li></ul><ul><li>We are a better, stronger company </li></ul><ul><li>Perhaps our Experience Can Help You to Lead the Leaders </li></ul>
  18. 23. THANK YOU David Paul, Director of Economic Development City of Brockville 1 King Street West Brockville, ON K6V 7A5 [email_address] Terry O’Reilly, CEO Pricedex Software Inc. P.O. Box 458, 1807 Cty Rd. 2, Brockville, ON K6V 5V6 [email_address]