Archive for June 2nd, 2009

$1 MILLION IN LOANS HELP IMMIGRANTS FIND WORK

 The Immigrant Access Fund (IAF) announces that to date it has approved $1 million in micro loans to help immigrants get the accreditation and training they need to work in their field in Alberta. “This is good news in bleak financial times,” says Dianne Fehr, executive director, IAF. “The current economy makes it more difficult for everyone, but immigrants always face barriers.” IAF is hosting a seminar in Calgary and Edmonton entitled Closed Doors & Sticky Floors, Immigrants In the Workplace: strategies for success.

The Alberta-based not-for-profit organization provides micro loans to internationally trained immigrants for accreditation and training. “Immigrants really are faced with closed doors in that they can’t get a job in their field because they don’t have Canadian experience, and sticky floors in that they are often over qualified for the jobs they do get, but find it difficult to move into positions better suited to their experience and credentials,” Fehr explains. The seminar’s guest speaker Nick Noorani, publisher of Canadian Immigrant magazine, co-author of Arrival Survival Canada, and radio host, will speak about how employers can tap into the opportunities immigrants bring. Government representatives will present the Foreign Qualification Recognition Plan for Alberta, the province’s newly released plan to improve recognition of immigrants’ foreign-earned qualifications, training and experience. Nick Noorani, Dianne Fehr, internationally educated professionals and representatives of Alberta Employment and Immigration are available for interviews.

Closed Doors & Sticky Floors, Immigrants In the Workplace: strategies for success takes place: Calgary: Tuesday, December 16, 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Rotary House on the Stampede Grounds. Edmonton: Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Wild Rose Room, Lister Conference Centre, University of Alberta. IAF website: www.iafcanada.org

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Best industries to find a job in Canada

With the ranks of the unemployed swelling and domestic opportunities sparse, job-seekers may need to look far afield for their next gig. I laid out some ideas, options and criteria:

  • An industry which has a stable future where jobs will be difficult to out-source or off-shore
  • An industry which is growing – the demographics indicate long term demand will grow or at least not shrink
  • An industry which is everywhere – so you could change locations but still find a job

Here I place some

CHEMICALS
Job demand factors: growing Latin American and Asian economies; need for environment-friendly product substitutes.
Growth limiting factors: trade agreements or barriers; environmental regulations; overcapacity.

CONTACTS
The Chemical Institute of Canada
#550, 130 Slater St.,
Ottawa, ON KIP 6E2 Tel. 613-232-6252 Fax: 613-232-5862
E-mail: cscxt@acadvml.uottawa.ca
Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors
#505, 700 Dorval Drive
Oakville, ON L6K 3V3 Tel. 905-844-9140
Society of the Chemical Industry – Canadian Section
c/o Praxair Canada Inc.
One City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON L58 1M2 Tel. 905-803-1600 Fax: 905-803-1690

CONSULTANTS
Job demand factors: new technology; incompatible technology; special applications; reengineering; lack of team skills; outsourcing; growth in number of small businesses.
Job growth areas: small service or consulting companies specializing in solving problems that are common to an industry; professional and operational services better outsourced.
Skills, abilities, qualities, education needed: communications, creative problem-solving, analytical, and business-specific skills; professional training and experience in area-specific fields.
Job reduction areas: fields in which technology makes it easier to perform functions in-house – printing or publishing on a small scale, for example.
Growth limiting factors: the economy in general; the number of companies entering the business; standardizing of technology; expert systems and artificial intelligence that have built-in professional expertise.

CONTACTS
Association of Independent Consultants
#110, 2175 Sheppard Ave. East,
Willowdale, ON M2J 1W8 Tel. 416-491-3556 Fax: 416-491-1670

 HOBBIES AND CRAFTS
Job demand factors: the recession; trend toward quality and creative self-expression.
Job growth areas: craft supplies; artisans; photography; gardening supplies and design; nature stores; historical preservation and exhibition.
Growth limiting factors: increasing competition from developing countries supplying craft items.

CONTACTS
Canadian Craft and Hobby Association
4404 – 12 St. NE, PO Box 44,
Calgary AB T2E 6K9 Tel. 403-291-0559 Fax: 403-291-0675
Canadian Crafts Council
189 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, ON K1N 6P1 Tel. 613-235-8200 Fax: 613-235-7425

 RETAIL TRADE
Job demand factors: value for consumer’s money; wide selection; lowest price; customer service; convenience; low inflation which lowers savings levels; low interest rates which lower household mortgage payments and other debt payments.
Job growth areas: large discount stores; specialty stores offering wide selection; mail-order pharmacies; home office businesses; aging boomer fashion market; casual wear; high-tech car mechanics.
Skills, abilities, qualities, education needed: computer literacy; marketing and communications skills.
Job reduction areas: department stores; supermarkets; furniture stores; clothing stores; car dealerships.
Growth limiting factors: the economy; home shopping technology; competition; demographics; inflation; high interest rates.

CONTACTS
Retail Council of Canada
#600,210 Dundas St. West,
Toronto, ON M4G 2E8 Tel. 416-598-4684 Fax: 416-598-3707
Retail Merchants Association of Canada
1780 Birchmount Rd.,
Scarborough, ON M1P 2H8 Tel. 416-291-7903 Fax: 416-291-5635

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