“Fit in Fast” program for new immigrant working professionals

Settlement ISC Employment

On Thursday July 9, 2015, Bow Valley College introduced the “Fit in Fast” program at Immigrant Services Calgary. This is an online program designed by the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement to help new immigrant professionals to fit in with Canadian expectations. It was a successful event with many attendees. For more information about this program, please …

Crossing the “Believability Gap”

Settlement ISC Employment

HOW ARE HIRING DECISIONS MADE? After the resumes are submitted, and the interviews are completed, how does the hiring manager decide who to hire? Let’s take a step back for a moment. Hiring managers are usually the leaders of a team, a project, a business unit, or a specific location. They have a budget, a set of accountabilities, objectives or …

Minimum Wage to reach $11.20

Settlement ISC Employment, Fun Facts

Alberta’s minimum wage will increase from $10.20 to $11.20 on October 1st, 2015. The minimum wage in Alberta is currently the lowest in Canada, but will become the second highest once the one dollar increase is in effect.  This increase is part of the Alberta NDP government’s plan of bringing minimum wage to $15 by 2018, which would become the …

Staffing and Recruitment Agencies

Settlement ISC Employment

Question: “Should I use Staffing and Recruitment agencies to help me find a job?” Answer: Yes, and No. The first thing you need to understand about a recruiter is that they do not work for you. They work for whatever company pays them. YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS. In other words, they only get paid if the candidate they send to …

DRAFT “Names”

Settlement ISC Employment

Some people upon arriving in Canada wonder if they should change their name to sound more “Canadian.” Common reasons people give are 1) a concern that their name sounds too “ethinc,” and they worry people will discriminate against them, 2) concern that people will have a hard time pronouncing it. Specifically, I have had clients wonder if they should pick …

National Professional Practice Examination

Settlement ISC Employment

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) is introducing a new, computer-based version of the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE). The NPPE is a mandatory exam that all applicants must pass before they can become licensed to practice engineering or geoscience in Alberta. Computerizing the NPPE will benefit applicants in many ways: multiple test locations in Alberta …

Maximizing the benefits of immigration for the Canadian economy

Settlement ISC Citizenship & Immigration, Employment

Meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers of immigration focused on economic immigration May 22, 2015 — Toronto — Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments reiterated their shared commitment to maximizing the economic benefits of immigration at today’s meeting of FPT Ministers responsible for immigration. The selection of economic immigrants and the improvement of settlement and labour market outcomes for …

Harper Government announces more help for new Canadians to get into job market faster

Settlement ISC Employment

 April 13, 2015– Ottawa, Ontario – Employment and Social Development Canada The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, released a report today outlining new and better ways to integrate immigrants into the Canadian workforce. The Minister shared highlights from the report, authored by the Panel on Employment Challenges of New Canadians, during his speech at The Conference …

Networking and Relationship Building for Foreign Trained HR Professionals

Settlement ISC Employment, Settlement & Community News

On Thursday March 12th, Immigrant Services Calgary in partnership with the Adiuvo Foundation, hosted an interactive workshop to introduce the concept of professional networking in Canada to foreign trained HR professionals. At this event, participants also had an opportunity to learn about work search resources for job seekers in this field, as well as meet and network with Lisa Lutman – Senior HR Specialist …