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1 Presenters Gilles Arsenault, Settlement Counselor / Host Program Coordinator Gilles Arsenault, Settlement Counselor / Host Program Coordinator Irène Brideau, Employment Counselor Irène Brideau, Employment Counselor Hilaire Dossouvi Logo, ELT Student and Representative for Newcomers Hilaire Dossouvi Logo, ELT Student and Representative for Newcomers

2 MAGMA Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area Association Multiculturelle du Grand Moncton

3 MAGMA  Founded in 1980 as a social club by 3 newcomers  Evolved into a service providing agency for newcomers  Funded by C.I.C. and T.E.D.  Served approximately 200 newcomers in 2005 MAGMA's mission is to enrich and enhance the well being of our community by fostering and nurturing respect, understanding, acceptance of and assisting people from all heritages

4 Our Clients Immigration Categories Independent (Business, Skilled Worker, Family) Government Assisted Refugee (GAR) Provincial Nominee

5 Countries represented at MAGMA by Newcomers in 2005 Afghanistan Afghanistan China China Columbia Columbia South Korea South Korea Thailand Thailand Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan Ethiopia Ethiopia Congo Congo Nigeria Nigeria Gabon Gabon Benin Benin Holland Holland Liberia Liberia Peru Peru Turkey Turkey Japan Japan Venezuela Venezuela Comoros Island Comoros Island Cuba Cuba Chile Chile Uganda Uganda Russia Russia Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Vietnam Vietnam Mexico Mexico France France England England Scotland Scotland Germany Germany Taiwan Taiwan Togo Togo US US Burundi Burundi Singapore Singapore Lebanon Lebanon

6 Population Growth (according to Statistics Canada)

7 New Brunswick Immigration Facts Growth rate has reached 0.0% Growth rate has reached 0.0% Aging populationAging population Shrinking WorkforceShrinking Workforce Will affect servicesWill affect services newcomers per year newcomers per year Retention rate is less than 30% Retention rate is less than 30% (We pay other provinces profit)

8 Services Providing assistance to Newcomers through the following programs: Providing assistance to Newcomers through the following programs:  RAP (Resettlement and Adaptation Program)  ISAP (Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program)  Literacy, LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)  Childminding services for LINC participants  Host Program  Employment Counseling  Enhanced Language Training  Access Centre

9 Resettlement Adaptation Program ( RAP)  Refugees Worldwide  Government Assisted Refugee in Canada 2005 (of ) -180 in New Brunswick -59 in Moncton  6 week resettlement period -Meet & Greet -Meet & Greet -Initial settlement -Orientation

10 Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program (ISAP)  Long term assistance -Permanent Residents -wide variety of services  Difficulties -culture shock -integration  Solutions -Government’s role -Community’s role

11 Host Program Helping create link to the community Helping create link to the community Volunteer matched with Newcomer Volunteer matched with Newcomer 1 year commitment 1 year commitment Positive experience Positive experience

12 Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)  4 levels of language instruction  exchange experiences  practice the language  socialize and make new friends

13 (ELT) Enhance Language Training Intensive English Classes Intensive English Classes Employment Preparation Employment Preparation Computer Training (Access Centre) Computer Training (Access Centre) Subsidized Job Placement Subsidized Job Placement (ELT in the future)

14 Employment Counseling Clients are guided by counselors in:  Labour Market Information  Current trends in the employment sector  Certification and accreditation process  Employment preparation  Job search techniques  Employment search and application  Employment training sessions

15 Challenges in Accessing the Workforce Language Language Accreditation/Certification Accreditation/Certification Cultural Diversity not widely embraced Cultural Diversity not widely embraced Education Education Lack of sensitivity training in the workplace Lack of sensitivity training in the workplace Need for entry level work practicum (Canadian Experience) Need for entry level work practicum (Canadian Experience) Transportation Transportation

16 Reasons to hire Immigrants The Canadian workforce is shrinking and the demand for labour is growing The Canadian workforce is shrinking and the demand for labour is growing Immigrant expected to account for all net labour force growth within the next 10 years and all net population growth in the next 25 years Immigrant expected to account for all net labour force growth within the next 10 years and all net population growth in the next 25 years Skilled immigrants can help Canadian companies do business with the world Skilled immigrants can help Canadian companies do business with the world Immigrants are excellent workers Immigrants are excellent workers The relationship developed by hiring Newcomers in 2006 can impact on a long term access to employees in the future The relationship developed by hiring Newcomers in 2006 can impact on a long term access to employees in the future

17 What Employers can do Plan for potential shortages Plan for potential shortages Develop a better understanding of new cultures in the work place (sensitivity training) Develop a better understanding of new cultures in the work place (sensitivity training) Invite MAGMA to meet HR staff Invite MAGMA to meet HR staff When posting an opening, send a copy to the MAGMA employment office When posting an opening, send a copy to the MAGMA employment office Be open to hiring immigrants for entry level jobs/work practicum Be open to hiring immigrants for entry level jobs/work practicum Fast track employees to higher wages enabling them to stay in the area Fast track employees to higher wages enabling them to stay in the area

18 “The Canadian labour market and universities are not able to supply our needs. We have hired new Canadians, hundred of them, at all levels of our organization” (Large Pharmaceutical Company) Company)

19 Activities Bi-weekly country focus & presentations Bi-weekly country focus & presentations Multicultural Dinner and Entertainment Multicultural Dinner and Entertainment Volunteer Appreciation Night Volunteer Appreciation Night Multicultural Festival Multicultural Festival Canada Day Celebration Canada Day Celebration Annual Picnic Annual Picnic Summer Camp Summer Camp

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