June 25, 2018 – Refugees and other new immigrants are to be linked with jobs in Canadian hospitality.
It comes as part of a new federal government pilot project.
The three-year, $7 million project aims to help immigrants and refugees integrate faster.
In return, hotels are able to fill vacancies they have struggled to find staff for.
The project aims to help up to 1,300 newcomers find jobs in 600 hotels in five regions.
What Regions Are Covered Under the Pilot Project?
- Atlantic Canada,
- Southern Ontario,
- Banff/Lake Louise/Southern Alberta,
- The Yukon.
As well as gaining work experience, participants will get formal and informal language training.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will provide funding for the pilot.
It will be operated by Tourism HR Canada in partnership with the Hotel Association of Canada.
Canada’s tourism industry struggles to attract and retain staff to meet demand.
The industry directly accounted for $41.2 billion of Canada’s GDP in 2017.
A government statement said: “This pilot project will help support newcomer integration, while also ensuring quality service in the industry.”
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said: “I’m proud that the Government of Canada is partnering with organizations like Tourism HR Canada and the Hotel Association of Canada to find new and better ways to help newcomers succeed in their integration journey, which will ultimately strengthen our labour force and economy.”
Canada is known on the international stage for its welcoming stance on refugees.
It brought in more than 40,000 displaced Syrians in 2015 and 2016.
However, it is currently dealing with an asylum seeker crisis of its own.
Thousands of people each month are streaming across the border from the United States.
How Many Border Crossers Have Entered Canada in 2018?
Figures: Government of Canada
Those allowed to submit asylum claims are also issued with work permits to get jobs while they wait for hearings.
Syrian refugees are currently trying to integrate and asylum seekers are facing significant waiting periods before their cases are processed.
This pilot projects aims to help such people find jobs quickly in the hotel industry.
Immigration.ca Managing Partner Colin Singer was recently interviewed on CBC News on the asylum seeker issue.
Find out what he said here:
What Can Canada Do About Asylum Seekers?
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