Canada is a country of immigrants made strong by its diversity.   Every year, more than 250,000 new permanent residents are admitted to our country. These newcomers make up an important part of Canada’s economy and have an abundance of potential to contribute to Canada’s future growth. Most immigrants to Canada settle in one of three metropolitan areas – Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal.

Newcomers to Canada face a long list of challenges, including foreign credential recognition, official language training, housing, and employment attachment. The end result is more hurdles for new arrivals in their search to obtain meaningful, sustainable employment. New arrivals face higher unemployment overall than the general population. The Building and Construction trades offer opportunities for rewarding employment with middle-class wages. Our trades offer not just jobs, but the chance for community, to belong to an organization that works for the welfare of its members and the betterment of their families.

 

Resources

 

Government of Canada Immigrant Services

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/newcomers/map/services.asp

 

Language classes funded by the Government of Canada

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/newcomers/live/language.asp

 

Build Force Canada’s resource section on Immigrant/Temporary Foreign Workers

http://www.buildforce.ca/en/catalog/recruitment/immigranttemporary-foreign-workers

 

Statistics Canada data

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11-630-x/11-630-x2016006-eng.htm

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/labor90a-eng.htm

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/statistics/facts2014/permanent/10.asp#figure7