ALLIES (Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies) supports local efforts in Canadian cities to successfully adapt and implement programs that further the suitable employment of skilled immigrants. Through a series of multi-stakeholder initiatives, ALLIES and local partners contribute to building a stronger Canada by using the talents, connections and experience of skilled immigrants who have made Canada their new home. The project is jointly funded by Maytree and The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
Mentoring helps newcomers find jobs that match their skills and talent. Thanks to a new ALLIES-Accenture report, we now have the evidence to confirm the positive impact of mentoring on newcomers and our economy.
ALLIES provides resources and funding to immigrant employment councils. These employer led councils also include community organizations, post-secondary institutions, assessment service providers, labour, immigrant professional associations and all three levels of government.
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To increase an immigrant employment council’s ability to effect change at the local level and break down the barriers to hiring skilled immigrants, ALLIES offers:
- A national mentoring initiative which supports cities in developing, implementing and enhancing mentoring programs for skilled immigrants in their communites;
- The website hireimmigrants.ca which provides employers with interactive tools and resources to support the recruitment, integration and retention of skilled immigrants;
- Web-based toolkits on effective programs such as mentoring, internships, and employer recognition and others;
- Coaches who guide and mentor communities in the development of these programs;
- Research and policy updates and recommendations in support of the labour market integration of skilled immigrants;
- Connections with national partners; and
- Funding to support the creation of local immigrant employment councils and to strengthen their capacity.
To complement these activities, ALLIES hosts annual conferences to share ideas, strategies and experiences about successful immigrant employment approaches.