Did you know that 87% of employers insist on a “high level of proficiency” in language? We all need exceptional communication skills and proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the workplace. So you may not be surprised to know that employers have identified a lack of English language … Read more
The CCR has published a statement commenting on the issues affecting the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Canadians have recently had their attention drawn to serious problems with the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. It is useful to look at these issues in the broader context.
Over the past decade, Canada’s immigration program has shifted significantly from permanent to temporary immigration. In 2008, for the first time…
On Wednesday, April 23, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia held a recognition event to celebrate the successful completion of the 2013/2014 Worksite-based Performance Assessment of Engineering Competencies program. Our industry partners and clients came together to acknowledge the time and effort given by participants and supervisors, which included SHM … Read more
Finding a good job is one of the biggest challenges for newcomers to Canada, and while it isn’t easy, it can be done! Many immigrants are successfully working in their fields, making a good living and contributing significantly to the economy of Nova Scotia. And like most things in life, … Read more
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia and the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS) are pleased to announce than John Burgess is the third recipient of the Craig Ennett Award. The award was presented at the PANS Awards Gala on Saturday, November 2 at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Halifax. This … Read more
The Bridge to Construction graduation took place on Monday, June 17th in the Atrium at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. This event celebrated another step towards one of the goals in Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia’ Strategic Plan: Integrating clients more quickly. The Bridge to Construction is a … Read more
On April 18, we hosted an event to celebrate a special project for internationally educated engineers (IEEs). The Worksite-based Competency Assessment Project gave ten IEEs the chance to work with local engineering firms for four months. During that time, they demonstrated their skills to these potential employers and carefully documented … Read more
The initiative “Multi-Stakeholder Work Groups” received an Honourable mention in the category of Engagement at the First Annual IQN Awards. The Multi-Stakeholder Work Group initiative is among 8 others to receive Honourable mentions from a total of 63 nominations. Each nomination was evaluated by members of the IQN Advisory Council. … Read more
Recent changes in Canada’s immigration policy, including a focus on recruiting skilled workers that fit Canada’s labour needs, raise questions about the future of Temporary Foreign Workers in Nova Scotia. The federal government is looking to permanent residents and Canadian citizens, who are seasonal workers, to fill employment needs. Does … Read more
The following is an article by Jan Sheppard Kutcher which appears in the Fall 2012 issue of The Engineer.
No employer likes to take risks in hiring. Whether you run your own firm, or are responsible for hiring staff for a medium or large engineering firm, mitigating risk, makes sense. But what appears as due diligence, unfortunately, can mean you miss gigantic opportunities to bring talented, experienced and hard-working engineers on board, simply because they seem like risky hires…
A collaborative model for making systemic change in regulated occupations
To work in a regulated occupation requires a particular certification or licensure. Skilled immigrants understand the importance of high standards of practice, but they need fair and realistic opportunities to have their qualifications assessed and recognized so they can work in their fields…