Innovative Collaboration Between TECHNATION and Talent Beyond Boundaries Addresses Canada’s Tech Talent Shortage
- Career pathways for refugees an important source of skilled labour
TECHNATION, Canada’s leading technology industry association, has partnered with Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB), a global not-for-profit organization focused on unlocking skilled migration pathways for refugees in countries like Afghanistan, Jordan and Lebanon. This new partnership addresses both the shortage of talent and the humanitarian crisis around the globe.
Canada is facing a tremendous demand for tech talent, and the talent shortage has serious implications. Immigration is one way Canada can address this issue. Talent Beyond Boundaries helps employers by recruiting from a pool of displaced individuals, augmenting their recruitment efforts by giving them access to previously untapped talent. TBB has 30,000 skilled refugees currently looking for opportunities – and works to unlock skilled migration pathways into positions around the globe.
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“TECHNATION is honoured to support this important initiative, alongside Canada’s commitments to support the immigration of refugees from around the world,” said Angela Mondou, President and CEO, TECHNATION. “My own experience working in the Canadian military in war-zones, forever changed my view as to why Canada must continue to step up and lend a helping hand. The need for skilled tech talent in Canada is real, and this partnership with TBB is another important way we can make a difference, helping both employers, and job seekers.”
For Canadian technology businesses with hiring needs, TBB can connect employers with outstanding candidates. TBB will assist companies throughout the process, matching job descriptions with qualified candidates and facilitating remote interviews. If a job offer is extended and accepted, TBB will facilitate the visa process and monitor the application through to approval.
Once the new employee lands, TBB also supports the settlement process as they begin their new life in Canada. With thousands of software developers in their database, and tech companies struggling to fill open roles, these individuals’ skills are being wasted.
“At a time where the world is seeing both an economic and humanitarian crisis, it is more important than ever for Canada to lead the way on the world stage,” Patrick O’Leary, Country Director – Canada, Talent Beyond Boundaries. “Making economic pathways more accessible to skilled refugees is not only the smart thing to do for employers, it’s also the right thing to do. TBB looks forward to working with TECHNATION and technology businesses across Canada to support refugees and to address the critical skill shortage in Canada.”
Over the past three years, TECHNATION has played a significant role in deploying over $200 million of government funding and talent in the tech sector, launched CareerFinder, an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven digital platform focused on Canada’s labour market intelligence for the Tech Sector, and launched programs in AI and cyber talent development.