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Inclusive Workplaces Conversation Starter

Examining the challenges newcomers face in finding employment and in the workplace

Unemployment and underemployment are serious issues newcomers face. Foreign credentials are often unrecognized. Lack of Canadian job experience and English language skills are other significant challenges immigrants face. Even a “foreign sounding” last name can be a disadvantage in securing employment.

The Inclusive Workplaces Conversation Starter provides great jumping off points for discussion about how creating more welcoming work environments will positively impact newcomers' lives. Developed to provide the Vancouver Immigration Partnership (VIP) stakeholders with some key facts and information, this conversation starter is valuable for anyone seeking better understanding of these issues. The information contained in this document, which identifies the gaps and challenges newcomers face in finding employment and in the workplace, comes from current databases and research studies.

Inclusive Workplaces is one of VIP's four areas of focus. The facts and figures within the conversation starter provide evidence as to why addressing this challenge is an essential component of the partnership's work.

To read the Inclusive Workplaces Conversation Starter, click here.