There is a growing recognition that it makes sense to optimize the employment of all residents- immigrant or Canadian born. The result is more people contributing greater talents into the local economy, more long-term contributions to the community.
Established in 2008, the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC), is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring immigrants are welcomed and participate in the economy to their full potential.
ERIEC‘s vision: immigrants are welcomed and participate in the economy at the level of their full potential!
The past decade saw record economic growth in Edmonton, Alberta and Canada. Edmonton’s success story, fuelled by the manufacturing and service needs of Alberta’s north and central resource sector, attracted migrants and immigrants with dreams of capitalizing on the plentiful opportunities. However the pace of economic growth and growth of the employment workforce didn’t match. Both Alberta and Edmonton experienced unprecedented labour shortages.
A positive outcome of these years of growth is that many people who may not have been given a chance at employment were given the opportunity to ‘show their stuff’ – This has helped to break down some traditional barriers and stereotypes. The labour shortages opened doors to a much more diverse workforce.
Alberta now finds itself in a similar situation – a boom that will require innovative responses to meet the projected labour shortages. Hiring immigrants is no longer an option, it’s an economic imperative! That’s where ERIEC comes in; through mentorship initatives, we support immigrants to build networks, understand Canadian workplace culture and utilize effective job search strategies. We also help employers in Edmonton connect with the global talent they need!
“The Edmonton business community must make use of every skilled individual in the region if we are to sustain our global competitive advantage"
Jacques Pelletier, ERIEC Chair, 2009-2011