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FAQs
  1. What is Niagara Immigrant Employment Council (NIEC)?
  2. Why does Niagara need such initiatives?
  3. How will this initiative benefit immigrants and employers?
  4. How will this initiative benefit Niagara region?
  5. Is NIEC reinventing the wheel?
  1. What is Niagara Immigrant Employment Council (NIEC)?

    • NIEC is a region-wide multi-stakeholder collaboration of businesses, community organizations, immigrants, occupational regulatory bodies and 3 levels government
    • Dedicated to enhancing Niagara’s diversity and economic prosperity by strengthening its capacity to attract, integrate and retain internationally trained immigrants who have chosen Canada as their destination.
  2. Why does Niagara need such initiatives?

    • By 2011, it is expected that Niagara will be largely dependent on internationally trained individuals for its labour force growth.
    • Sectors such as healthcare and tourism are already experiencing critical need for skilled employees.
    • While Niagara’s population growth is expected to slow in the coming years, its population is aging and baby boomers are retiring in large numbers.
    • A low birth rate and youth out-migration add to concerns about labour force shortages in the years ahead.
    • Attracting, recruiting and retaining immigrants into the workplace are critical for Niagara to overcome current and future need for both the skilled and unskilled workforce.
    • The absence of a clear pathway to immigrant employment will lead Niagara’s businesses to deal with the looming skills shortage without an effective human resources strategy.
    • Niagara needs initiatives like NIEC to bring stakeholders together to create awareness and develop strategies for the benefit of the region’s economy and economic and social life of its residents.
  3. How will this initiative benefit immigrants and employers?

    • This initiative will develop innovative, effective and sustainable employment strategies and solutions that will lead to effective immigrant labour market integration.
    • This initiative will assist employers overcome their skills shortages by implementing effective human resources strategies and solutions for a better tomorrow.
  4. How will this initiative benefit Niagara region?

    • The successful implementation of innovative, effective and sustainable employment strategies will have a positive impact on Niagara's economy and the economic and social life of the residents. 
    • With skills in business, administration, engineering, healthcare and many other disciplines, these well-educated and experienced individuals will be a highly prized asset to local employers and the communities in which they settle.
    • Multilingual employees with knowledge of local cultural preferences in many other countries can assist Canadian firms in opening up new markets and selling their products and services around the world.
    • They are also well equipped to serve a domestic market that encompasses increasingly diverse and multilingual populations.
  5. Is NIEC reinventing the wheel?

    NIEC will not be re-inventing the wheel. NIEC is different because it does not deliver direct services to immigrants. It aims to further enhance the quality of services that community organizations already deliver to immigrants by:

    • Developing innovative and sustainable employment strategies with the active leadership of employers to address the needs of both employers and immigrants.
    • Creating a regional environment of collaboration in the delivery of effective and innovative labour market integration programs for immigrants through service providers across Niagara.