The Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) has announced that the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT) is one of 11 organizations to be awarded funding from the $1.4 million Employer Innovation Fund (EIF) to help develop initiatives and resources to attract and integrate skilled immigrants into B.C. workplaces.
SBOT will pilot a 12-month employer-focused program to assist small and medium-sized businesses to integrate immigrants into their labour pool.
The project involves workshops, resources navigation, and immigrant human resources support for members, with a one-on-one hands-on approach by a roving human resources specialist.
Other EIF projects that received funding include the creation of resources to assist employers in assessing foreign qualifications and outreach campaigns to recruit and retain skilled new immigrants to a community and an industry.