On May 6 and 7, 175 delegates from urban communities across Canada met in Halifax at the 2010 ALLIES Learning Exchange to share and discuss practical and successful solutions for immigrant employment that can be adapted to other cities.
On May 5, Executive Directors from the various Immigrant Employment Councils and other counterparts met for a pre-conference discussion and brought forth a common vision for ALLIES:
ALLIES and its Network of Communities recognize that the full and complete participation of skilled immigrants into the labour market benefits our country, our cities and our communities. Our locally-led, collaborative efforts seek to promote the talent of skilled immigrants and remove the barriers they face as they seek employment commensurate with their education and experience.
Three guiding principles underlining the work of ALLIES and its Network of Communities:
1.The economy is strengthened by the contributions of skilled immigrants.
2.Engaging employers is necessary for labour market interventions to be successful.
3.Immigration programs and policy should consider long-term economic and social objectives because immigration is not a short-term or temporary phenomenon.
ALLIES and its Network of Communities undertake to:
1.Work proactively with local and national employers to build their capacity to hire skilled immigrants.
2.Build public awareness and support for positive change.
3.Share learnings and programs, and expand proven and successful local interventions.
4.Explore new solutions/innovations in collaboration with other stakeholders.
5.Identify and propose policy options to address the systemic barriers facing skilled immigrants seeking to enter the labour market.
6.Work in partnership with all levels of government and other stakeholders to implement the range of policies, programs and initiatives that further the integration of skilled immigrants into the labour market.
Integrating skilled immigrants into the local labour market ensures a stronger and more inclusive Canada with vibrant and prosperous communities.