The federal government has created the Panel on Employment Challenges of New Canadians in order to improve the recognition of the credentials of internationally trained professionals. “Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. Our government recognizes that skilled newcomers will help fill shortages in key occupations and make an important contribution to Canada’s economy. The work of the Panel will help to shape strategies to better integrate newcomers into the workforce and break down barriers faced by employers when hiring and retaining newcomers,” said Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism. The panel will consist of experts in newcomer integration, diversity, and certification. Immigrant advocate and social entrepreneur Nick Noorani [of CIEC Academic Member Destination Canada Information Inc.] will serve as Chair of the panel.
Destination Canada’s “Prepare for Canada” program provides prospective immigrants with opportunities to prepare for success in Canada through seminars and information focusing on job readiness and the first steps required for settlement along with operating overseas and in-Canada through online and in-person activities. Their desire is to make a difference in immigrants’ integration into Canada and build bridges among Canada’s diverse population for a better future for the entire country.