Patrick Arsenault, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) works with foreign nationals and permanent residents to address immigration-related legal issues and concerns.
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On June 21, 2019, I attended a session in Halifax (Nova Scotia) during which three employers talked about their experience hiring three immigrants. The three employees had originally come from Brazil, Uganda, and China.
All three employers agreed that diversity was a strength in their organization. They also talked about how foreign workers bring a wealth of experience, but sometimes need a little more support. Whether that means providing additional help when they are relocating or helping them understand the culture of the organization. Ultimately, they agreed that hiring foreign workers comes with both benefits and challenges. An example they gave is email etiquette. In some countries, it may be common practice to send a quick email without too many formalities. In Canada, these can sometimes feel a little dry.
At the end of the day, it felt like newcomers had the power to outperform and succeed in Canadian organizations if they were provided with appropriate support and opportunities to be mentored. Hiring a foreigner is a great investment into the future. You manage to attract top talent and new ways of thinking, as long as you are willing to put in a little of extra work in the beginning (why it's an investment).
Unfortunately, not all Canadian employers have worked with immigrants, but from what I see, they usually share a similar sentiment. I expect that, over time, employers will become more familiar with the great benefits of recruiting talent internationally and that it will become easier for top talent to settle in Canada.
If you are interested in coming to Atlantic Canada to continue your career, take a look at opportunities available through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.