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Integrating Foreign Trained Professionals in Ontario’s Workplace

Global Experience @ Work Releases Resource Guide

In effort to benefit Durham's small and medium size enterprises and to integrate more internationally trained professionals and skilled workers into the local labour force, the Durham Economic Prosperity Committee, in partnership with the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce was pleased to partner with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and launch the Global Experience @ Work Initiative Durham in the spring of 2010.

Durham Region Employer Workbook [pdf]As a result of this initiative, two publications are now available.

The Durham Region Employer Workbook” is a guide to hiring internationally trained professionals full of resources, information and references on the benefits of small and medium size enterprises to integrate more internationally trained professionals and skilled workers into the local labour force.

Click here to download the complete Workbook [pdf].

The Durham Region Employer Reference Guide” is filled with useful immigration resources both local and Canada wide to assist an employer, immigration service provider, including new Canadians when hiring internationally trained professionals.

Click here to download the complete Reference Guide [pdf].

Backgrounder

Global Experience @ Work (GE@W) is part of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) strategy to better promote Ontario as a career, business and investment destination of choice. As Ontario’s Business Advocate, the OCC has an ongoing interest in issues impacting economic growth, prosperity and sustainability in our province.

GE@W is designed to help Ontario keep up with the global economy.

In an effort to better integrate foreign trained workers into the labour force, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is assisting fifteen communities as they facilitate bridging between workers and potential employers.

With support of the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada, the OCC will provide over $1,000,000 in grants through its Global Experience @ Work (GE@W) program to chambers of commerce in fifteen communities in Ontario. In Durham Region, the Durham Economic Prosperity Committee in partnership with the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce has received funding in part by Global Experience @ Work, an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, with support and funding from the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

GE@W is designed to better integrate foreign trained professionals (FTPs) into the labour force by facilitating a bridge between workers and potential employers, increasing awareness and assisting small and medium sized enterprises attract, recruit, hire and retain FTPs and skilled workers. The GE@W initiative will work in cooperation with the Durham Region Immigration Portal.

Over sixty community organizations will partner in the local community programs which will take place in the following locations: Brampton, Chatham, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener—Waterloo, Mississauga, Ottawa, Peterborough, Oshawa, Trenton, Picton, Belleville, Smith Falls, St. Catharines and Timmins.

For information on the GE@W program call the Greater Oshawa Chamber at 905-728-1683 or email globalew@oshawachamber.com.

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