A chance for a better life: Development of the Immigrant Workforce in Smaller Communities and Rural Alberta (2012)

Final Report

This document outlines a year-long research project carried out by Alberta’s Bow Valley College to assess the workforce development needs of immigrants in rural communities or small urban centres in that province. The project included a literature review, interviews, questionnaires, and a focus group.

The researchers found that many of the immigrants surveyed were highly educated, but worked in positions that didn’t utilize their skills fully. Most employers were eager to hire immigrants, who are widely seen as reliable and effective workers.

While opportunities to improve English language skills do exist in small towns, the range of programming falls short of what is needed to help immigrants become integrated into the workforce. Other barriers include problems with foreign qualification recognition; weak soft skills; chronic underemployment; lack of Canadian work experience; and weak professional social networks.

Issues such as transportation, affordable housing, and availability of childcare also affect immigrant access to workforce development services.

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Bow Valley College. A chance for a better life: Development of the Immigrant Workforce in Smaller Communities and Rural Alberta 2012. Web. 5 Mar. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/bow_valley/chance_better_life/chance_better_life.pdf>
Bow Valley College (2012). A chance for a better life: Development of the Immigrant Workforce in Smaller Communities and Rural Alberta. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/bow_valley/chance_better_life/chance_better_life.pdf
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