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Survey launched on employment experiences of Canadian newcomers in the area

A new survey on the employment experiences of newcomers to our country and region has launched.

It’s part of a research project sponsored by the Workforce Development Board/Local Employment Planning Council that will produce locally relevant information that can be used to shape future programs and services to support both newcomers and employers in the communities of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton.

The WDB and its partners in the community ask any newcomers living or working in the region, who have been in Canada ten years or less, to complete the short, anonymous survey before Monday, Jan. 29. The questions ask about newcomer job seekers’ needs and experiences.

A separate survey of local employers, focused on their experiences with recruiting and hiring newcomers, is set to launch on Monday (Jan. 22). The final report will be available on the WDB website later in 2018.

“Employment is a major factor in successful newcomer integration, and we know that many regional employers find it difficult to recruit and retain employees. The goal of this project is to document the successes and gaps in order to build the best possible system of supports for both newcomers and employers,” said Jennifer Lamantia, CEO of the Workforce Development Board.

“Newcomer employment integration is important to the economic success of our region. We hope that newcomers will take the survey and share it with others, and we thank them for sharing their stories and ideas.”

The research project is being conducted by local firm, Laridae, which is consulting with employment services agencies and the New Canadians Centre, among others.

The survey can be found at the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NewcomerEmployment

For more information please contact:

Laura Gaughan, consultant
Laridae
laura@laridaemc.com
705-243-5585, ext. 5

Scott Howard, communications coordinator
Workforce Development Board

showard@wdb.ca
705-749-3250, ext. 115