Challenges for Skilled Immigrants

Many immigrants come to Edmonton every year, often bringing their families, culture and traditions with them. This provides Edmonton with a valuable source of labour, knowledge and experience but also presents challenges as immigrants need assistance and education regarding the culture of the Edmonton region and its workforce.

Workforce challenges: what are they?
  • Language barriers
  • Lack of Canadian work experience
  • Lack of recognition of foreign credentials
  • Disconnect between the skills immigrants bring and hope to use; and the occupations that employers hope they can fill once they arrive
  • Lack of recognition of previous experience
  • Lack of connections in the job market
  • Lack of skills bridging opportunities
  • Lack of full understanding of Canadian workplace culture
  • Negative public attitudes and negative practices of some employers
  • Length of time it takes to bring foreign workers here.