Local research reports New Immigrants are an important source of skilled and experienced workers for the region.
Under the direction of the South Okanagan | Similkameen (SOS) Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) a review of employment opportunities in the SOS was compared to the skills and qualifications of recent immigrants to the region.
The research titled “Let’s Talk Jobs” confirms and supports labour market studies showing that the labour force in the SOS region is not growing fast enough to meet employer’s needs and demonstrates that new immigrants are an important source of skilled and experienced workers.
“Employers are telling us that they require post-secondary education and that they are currently having difficulty filling positions. Over 80% of the immigrants we surveyed have college degrees or diplomas, many with post graduate degrees,” comments Helen Greaves, Chair of the SOS LIP Council.
While key barriers inhibit the integration of new immigrants into the region’s workforce, new immigrants and employers exhibit a willingness to work together to be part of the solution.
The SOS Local Immigration Partnership Council is a collaboration of 50 community leaders from across the region that are working to reduce the time it takes new immigrants to integrate socially and economically into our communities. The LIP Council is led by South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services with funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
The SOS Local Immigration Partnership Council plans to continue the dialogue, and will be hosting a Welcoming Communities Summit at Okanagan College this June.
For More Information:
SOS LIP Project Coordinator
South Okanagan | Similkameen
Local Immigration Partnership
South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services
508 Main Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5C7
Phone: (250) 492-6299