Our latest project, a launch video for In-Tac Ottawa got us thinking about this. As an entrepreneurial organization made up of first and second generation immigrants, we’d like to dedicate this post to talking about the importance of employment opportunities for foreign born Canadian residents. International talent for jobs in Canada is something we know well from working in multicultural Ottawa.
After Toronto and the GTA, this is the second-highest level in all of Canada. Although they are a very diverse group, there are some key demographics that can be noted. For the most part they are highly educated, motivated, young people that are ready to integrate into the Canadian lifestyle and gain work experience.
82% of those who come to Ottawa have a University degree, as opposed to the Canadian level of 67%. Yet, because they are more motivated to move to a certain city because they already have friends or connections there than by job opportunities, many of these people are stuck in positions that they are overqualified for.
So, why our sudden interest in immigrant employment, you ask? It’s because one of our own clients, The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC), has just launched an exciting new initiative to help connect these brilliant-minded newcomers to the right jobs.
We had the opportunity to not only attend but also create a video for the launch as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week or GEW, and hear from a number of influential speakers about the initiative and reminding us of how Canada’s diversity is what makes it strong.
We had the pleasure of attending the launch for the International Talent Acquisition Centre this past week. Please watch this video explaining what the International Talent Acquisition Centre sets out to do! In-TAC is taking international talent, for jobs in Ottawa. Please see the launch video for In-Tac Ottawa to learn more about the OCCSC and In-TAC and tell us what you think!