Canada expands pilot to help more skilled refugees build their careers in Canada


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Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, has announced new funding for partner organizations to help expand Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) to more skilled refugees.

Over the next few years, Canada is aiming to work with employers and communities across the country to expand the pilot and welcome 2,000 skilled refugees to fill specific labour shortages in high-demand sectors, such as health care, skilled trades, and information technology.

The EMPP facilitates the hiring of skilled refugees by connecting them with employers who have urgent hiring needs.

The partner organizations receiving funding are Talent Beyond Boundaries, TalentLift, and Jumpstart Refugee Talent. These organizations will soon be able to directly refer and support candidates. Each organization will receive training and quality assurance reviews.

“The Canadian economy is experiencing chronic talent shortages across multiple sectors,” says Bassel Ramli, Co-Founder and Global Programs Director at Jumpstart Refugee Talent. “Meanwhile, millions of refugees around the world are seeking durable solutions to secure better lives for their families. In partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Jumpstart is supporting employers across Canada in hiring and relocating people from displaced populations.”

Among the funding, the government has allocated $6.2 million to support EMPP partner organizations.

There are six separate projects receiving the funding. The money will help the organizations identify qualified candidates overseas and support the candidate and the employers through the interview, hiring, and immigration processes.

As the inaugural chair of the Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility, Canada is helping build momentum to expand complementary labour pathways, both in Canada and around the world.

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