Can?t find enough qualified workers locally? Employers are having to cast their nets wider to meet their workforce needs. Foreign workers and newcomers represent a talent pool employers can successfully tap into. Find out how: join us for an information session to learn about immigration pathways for foreign workers and supports for employers.
Selection of immigrants is a shared federal-provincial responsibility. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) offers a full range of temporary and permanent programs designed to meet labour market needs and help grow Canada?s economy. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) provides a permanent immigration pathway for skilled talent from across the globe to come to BC to live, work, and raise a family. The program is a critical tool to meet BC?s labour market needs and economic priorities.
Representatives from IRCC and the BC PNP will:
explain how the immigration system can support your hiring needs
provide information about how to recruit foreign workers, get them work permits, and retain them through permanent residence
update you on recent changes and future plans to ensure that federal and provincial immigration programs continue to be a key tool to support workforce development
You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about Canada's immigration system.
Bios of the Presenters:
Heather Michaud - IRCC Heather is an Outreach Officer with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for British Columbia and the Yukon. Her role is to demystify work permit and permanent residence programs, and explain how Canadian employers can use the immigration system to attract and retain talent, fill skills gaps in the workforce, and help drive economic growth. Outreach officers across Canada provide up-to-date information about economic immigration initiatives, including the Global Skills Strategy, International Mobility, and Express Entry. A Foreign Service Officer with IRCC since 2000, Heather has served in Canada?s international migration offices in Lebanon, Singapore, India, the USA, and Kenya as well as at IRCC headquarters in Ottawa. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Calgary.
Mindy Nannar ? BC PNP Mindy is currently the Acting Manager of Program Development and Promotion with the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) with the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology. She has over 10 years of provincial government experience in working collaboratively with multi-level provincial and federal partners, and is a subject expert in immigration, settlement and multiculturalism policy and program development. She has over twenty years of managing projects in the public, corporate and non-profit sector. Her career began in the corporate sector as a computer programmer, she then moved to the public sector to fulfill her passion for supporting and building the capacity of communities to be responsive to emerging needs around immigrant settlement and integration. Her expertise includes community engagement, conflict resolution, program management in the U.K. and Canada. Mindy has a degree in computer science and a post graduate diploma in management studies from the U.K., and a Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement from Simon Fraser University.