Kyle explains the programs he works with + bios of speakers
His story –travels
Looking at a strong multicultural society--Moncton immigration
State of the population of New Brunswick
Strategies: - welcoming communities - high retention - immigration (focus on greater Moncton)
Challenges with low language efficiency, professional credentials
Need: leadership - role of municipalities (they have the resources to leverage provincial and federal support) - need to attract the right immigrants (depending on the needs of the community) - building a welcoming community: businesses, schools, organizations...
Moving ahead in greater Moncton: - immigration summit - the different actors don't have all the resources needed - some collaboration between actors - in need of an immigration center
- Need of sensitization for employers and organizations
- Has to be a two way conversation with immigrants and organizations - need to look at both perspectives
- With the talent, we have the resources to go forward now. In Atlantic Canada, we have the potential to lead the rest of the country. We can act now and cannot wait...
- His work with Immigration Office: strategic planning, work on the ground... getting Atlantic Canada "on the map"- getting Atlantic Canada known
- Helping immigrants find the necessary: skills, workforce...
- Working with employers and organizations so they are "immigrant friendly"
- The immigrants can start training and learning online before they get to Nova Scotia. They can start working on their transition, finding out if there diploma is (equivalent) recognized, what they need to do for it to be...
- Managing expectations of immigrants to ensure retention and get the right people to the right places
- Working with the national nomination program and promoting the federal programs for immigrants
- Working on a program to match immigrant employees to employers
- He described the MANY immigration programs...
- Program: Atlantic workforce - collaboration of all Atlantic Canada provinces
- HB studios: Challenges of a video game company in rural Nova Scotia. Challenge of finding employees with the proper skills and knowledge
- A lot of immigrant employees: extremely complicated to get through the paperwork
- Would rather hire Canadians as it is cheaper, but need to find the skilled workforce right at the post-secondary institutions
- How do you get people to want to stay in Lunenburg...?
- As an employer: cater to the employees - onsite daycare, monthly events for employees, have the immigrants stay engaged in the community
- Not just creating a job, but creating a work environment that is engaging and fun
- Constant promotion for available positions and educating youth on the skills (in class and at career fairs)
- Quality of life has draws for employees- realistic description of lifestyle
- Process to get an immigrant employee is very long - industry (video game) is a fast paced environment with short turnaround time frames
- Dreamer: not interested in a job, wants a career
- Lets make sure that our children have the possibility to dream
- Skills gap...
- At the Student Leadership Movement: helping students get the resources to build their dreams
- We are not dreaming big enough...
- We need to ensure we don't kill the dreams...
- Lets dream.... We need to look forward
- Getting business people to make some time to meet with students and immigrants to listen to them and to help them go forward in pursuing their dreams
- Wants to leave a legacy and change a continent...