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Integrating Immigrant Skills into the Urban Economy: TRIEC and OMEGA for Cities of Migration July 28, 2009 - July 28, 2009

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This presentation underscores the benefits of TRIEC and other immigrant employment councils for effective immigrant integration. The presentation explains how OMEGA, an immigrant employment council …

This presentation underscores the benefits of TRIEC and other immigrant employment councils for effective immigrant integration. The presentation explains how OMEGA, an immigrant employment council in New Zealand, was able to learn from the TRIEC experience in the Toronto Region and set up an immigrant integration initiative that would work at home.

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  • 1. Fulfilling the Promise: Integrating Immigrant Skills into the Urban Economy Welcome Presentation by Elizabeth McIsaac (TRIEC, Toronto) and Justin Treagus , (OMEGA, Auckland) Remarks by Nick Main (Deloitte New Zealand) July 28/29, 2009
  • 2. Cities of Migration
    • Showcasing good ideas in the integration of urban migrants in global cities
    • Promoting learning exchange
    • Building awareness of the links between successful integration, social inclusion and urban prosperity
    www.citiesofmigration.ca
  • 3. Cities of Migration Partners
  • 4. Fulfilling the Promise: Integrating Immigrant Skills into the Urban Economy Justin Treagus, Programme Director, OMEGA Cities of Migration Webinar July 28/29, 2009
  • 5. Auckland
    • Largest urban area in the country
    • Approximately 401,500 people live within the city boundary and 1.25 million live within the wider Auckland region (about 1/3 New Zealand population)
    • Only 2% of New Zealand’s total land area
    • 50% of New Zealand’s population growth occurred in the region (Auckland Regional Council, 2007).
    • 37 percent of the population of the Auckland region was born overseas, compared to 27 percent nationally
  • 6. Why OMEGA?
  • 7. City to City, from TRIEC to OMEGA OMEGA Model TRIEC sharing
  • 8. Learning and Outcomes
    • Mentoring Programme
      • “ Plug ‘n Play” solution
      • High acceptance from Business
      • Momentum building – Over 130 matches, doubling first year numbers in approx four months of Year 2.
      • Demonstrating success
    • Paid Internship Programme
      • Labour law differences
      • Cultural differences
      • Economic differences
    • Size and scale differences
    • Leadership is local
      • Business
      • Start-up
    • Business led
      • Transition to independent entity
      • Future funding primarily from Business
        • BNZ, ANZ and Genesis Energy confirmed funding partners
  • 9. Fulfilling the Promise: Integrating Immigrant Skills into the Urban Economy Elizabeth McIsaac, Executive Director, TRIEC Cities of Migration Webinar July 28/29, 2009 New Realities. New Opportunities.
  • 10. Immigration to Canada: Immigration to Toronto Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 2005
  • 11. Underemployment (2001) Source: Schellenberg, Statistics Canada, September 2004
  • 12. Why does it matter to business?
    • “ If we’re not hiring the market, we’re not serving the market.”
    • Zabeen Hirji, Chief HR Officer, RBC Financial Group
  • 13. TRIEC Vision
    • A Greater Toronto Region that prospers by fully engaging the contributions of skilled immigrants.
  • 14. Stakeholder Engagement
  • 15. What does TRIEC do?
    • Convenes and collaborates with partners, creating opportunities for skilled immigrants to connect to the local labour market. [individual]
    • Works with key stakeholders, particularly employers, building their awareness and capacity to better integrate skilled immigrants into the workforce. [organizational]
    • Works with all levels of government, enhancing coordination and effecting more responsive policy and programs for skilled immigrant employment. [systemic]
  • 16. Creating opportunities for skilled immigrants to connect to the labour market
    • Challenge
    • Immigrants lack professional networks that help make linkages to employment opportunities
    • Need for understanding and knowledge of local labour market specificities
    • Need confidence
    • Solution
    • Occupation-specific mentoring
  • 17. Creating opportunities for skilled immigrants to connect to the labour market The Mentoring Partnership – program snapshot As of May 2009 Registered mentors 2913 Matches 4489 Corporate partners 52
  • 18.
    • Challenge
    • “ Canadian work experience”
    • Solution
    • Paid internship program that provides first Canadian work experience, operated by Career Edge Organization
    • Since 2003 over 960 interns have been placed
    • Currently there are over 350 active host organizations
    • Nearly 80% of interns secure full-time positions in their field
    Creating opportunities for skilled immigrants to connect to the labour market
  • 19. Working with employers
  • 20. hireimmigrants.ca Roadmap
  • 21. hireimmigrants.ca Roadmap
  • 22. Building employer awareness
  • 23. Recognizing Success: IS Awards
  • 24. Leveraging Employer Champions
  • 25.
    • Thank you!
    • www.triec.ca

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