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Feds expands pilot to help skilled refugees

DCN-JOC News Services
Feds expands pilot to help skilled refugees
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OTTAWA — The federal government has announced new funding to expand Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) to more skilled refugees including those who can work in skilled trades.

A December release stated that 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.

Through the EMPP, partner organizations help skilled refugees overseas connect with employers who need to fill critical labour shortages in occupations like nurse aides and personal support workers, chefs, cooks and skilled tradespeople.

Once candidates receive a job offer they can apply to immigrate to Canada through existing economic programs using EMPP measures that remove barriers refugees may experience due to their displacement.

To make it easier for qualified candidates to apply, Canada is introducing a new process with select partners. Partners, including Talent Beyond Boundaries, TalentLift and Jumpstart Refugee Talent, will be able to directly refer and support candidates.

In addition, Canada is providing $6.2 million to support six projects by EMPP partner organizations. The projects will build the capacity of these organizations in key areas, including identifying qualified candidates overseas and supporting candidates and employers throughout the interview, hiring and immigration processes.

“Through this groundbreaking program, our government is highlighting skilled refugees’ professional achievements by allowing them to continue their career in Canada, while giving employers access to a pool of global talent,’ said Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser in the release.

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