There is a fundamental shift that needs to take place in our thinking about the role of immigrants in our workforce. It’s a shift upon which our prosperity depends, not just for private enterprise but for the Canadian economy as a whole. According to Catalyst Inc. report, Career Advancement in Corporate Canada: A Focus on Visible Minorities, visible minorities make up more than 15% of the Canadian workforce.
The benefit of hiring immigrants
It’s time for us to stop looking at how we can benefit immigrants by hiring them, and shift into a deeper understanding of the boon to business of having a diverse team. Nytric Limited, celebrated internationally for its reputation for technological innovation, credits its success to its inclusive hiring policies. Nytric was awarded the RBC Best Immigrant Employer Award by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. Asked why Nytric has a high ratio of immigrants to Canadian-born workers on staff, Director of Business Development, Anthony Gussin, says, “People from different cultures tend to think in slightly different ways. Instead of always viewing a problem from one particular perspective, we get several points of view on it. And that has made us very competitive in the sense that we are able to come up with smart ideas, new ideas, and different ideas that have helped us get products into the market more effectively.”