When refugees are resettled to Canada, they arrive to BC as permanent residents, able to legally work and access a range of employment services in the province. They may have travelled with few belongings, but they bring important knowledge, skills, and experience to their new communities.
Recognizing that good jobs help create better futures for these newcomers and their families, the provincial government has implemented new and strengthened initiatives to connect employers with resettled refugees and to ensure that they receive the training and supports they need to successfully rebuild their lives.
Specific supports for employers looking to hire immigrants and refugees include:
The Refugee Readiness Hub is an online resource hub that aims to assist and empower individuals and refugee-serving organizations to help in the resettlement process. A new resource centre is now available on this website, including materials such as WorkSafeBC information in both Arabic and English that can easily be printed and shared with employees. This will be continually updated with employment-related materials.
There are 84 WorkBC Employment Services Centres across BC that provide a range of services. The centres are positioned to help employers with their recruiting needs and to help resettled refugees make connections with employers and find jobs. Many of these centres also have Arabic-speaking capacity and can better serve clients with lower English language levels.
The WelcomeBC website provides employers with resources to share with employees who are new to BC. This information includes resources for daily living, newcomers’ guides, training and more. Through these supports, employers can help retain and develop talent.