Employer Playbook: Strategies for Immigrant Inclusion in Canadian Workplaces
The demographic challenges facing Canada’s future are in motion today. Studies show that by 2030, the number of Canadians over the age of 65 will nearly double, and the country’s low fertility rate will cause labour force growth to stagnate. These critical challenges provide an opportunity for immigrants. Investing in an immigrant-inclusive workplace now will help ensure future workforce resilience.
The benefits of an immigrant-inclusive workplace are well researched. Such organizations are:
- More innovative and resilient
- Better able to meet the needs of diverse consumers
- More likely to expand into global markets
This Employer Playbook includes practical strategies to bolster immigrant inclusion throughout the four stages of the employment cycle: recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and integrating. The Employer Playbook also provides a high-level synthesis of community resources and services available to employers.
Who Is This Employer Playbook For?
- Canadian employers
- Industry associations
- Immigrant-serving organizations
- Staffing agencies
- Workforce development organizations
How Will the Employer Playbook Help You?
This Employer Playbook provides easy-to-implement strategies to help remove barriers, address unconscious bias, and create a culture of inclusion in the workplace. It will help you:
- Recruit the best candidates for your organization
- Add diverse perspectives that support your company’s resilience
- Foster an inclusive workplace where immigrant employees can fully contribute
How to Use this Employer Playbook
The Employer Playbook is divided into the four stages of the employment cycle: recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and integrating. Click on the section that applies to your needs:
Please note: With the emergence of remote-first workplaces, check this icon when applicable for online adaptation practices.
The Employer Playbook supports the Greater Moncton Immigration Strategy 2020-2024. The strategy is a five-year plan that outlines the contributions of immigrants to Greater Moncton’s economy. It also details the actions taken to both attract and integrate immigrants into the community.
“Traditionally, we have thought about making workplaces diverse and then we discuss inclusion. This is backwards. If we create inclusive workplaces, the diversity will come. If we create diverse workplaces without inclusion, the diversity will dwindle. The most important part of this discussion is to focus on anti-racism. We need to have anti-racist policies that fight systemic and overt racism and foster inclusive places. This is where I want to work.”
— Manju Varma, Ph.D., New Brunswick Commissioner on Systemic Racism