NWPB’s Immigrant Mentorship Program is a vital component of the Niagara Immigrant Employment Council (NIEC)
Niagara Immigrant Employment Council is a region-wide, multi-stakeholder collaboration of businesses, community organizations, immigrants, occupational regulatory bodies and 4 levels of government, with NWPB as its managing organization. NIEC’s purpose is to enhance Niagara's diversity and economic prosperity by strengthening its capacity to attract, recruit and retain internationally trained immigrants who have chosen Canada as their new home.
Sectors such as healthcare and tourism are already experiencing critical need for skilled employees. Niagara's population is aging, and baby boomers are retiring in increasingly large numbers. A low birth rate and youth out-migration add to concerns about labour force shortages in the years ahead.
Meanwhile, the challenges faced by internationally trained individuals immigrating to Canada are often overwhelming. A lack of local recognition for foreign credentials and experience coupled with less personal familiarity with Canadian business culture serve as a steep barrier to employment, slowing newcomers’ integration into the workforce and the local community. Lacking a clear pathway to immigrant employment, Niagara's businesses will need to respond to looming labour shortages without an effective human resource strategy.
NIEC is focused on making positive change for both local business and newcomers by developing and implementing best practices and solutions for effective immigrant labour market integration, and encouraging more immigrants to choose Niagara as their destination.
NIEC welcomes those interested in contributing towards creating a labour market where employers recognize and utilize the skills and experience immigrants bring to Niagara. Niagara will benefit economically, socially and culturally from your contribution.
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