Hiring a Permanent Resident
Where to begin
A permanent resident is an immigrant that already lives in Canada and has a Permanent Resident (PR) Card. Possessing the same working rights as Canadian citizens, there is no special process or paperwork needed to hire permanent residents. The challenge lies in appealing to these candidates (many of whom are ready and willing to work), evaluating them fairly, and preparing your workplace for the transition. According to Statistics Canada, 5% of Nova Scotia’s population is made up of foreign-born persons. This marks the largest percentage of immigrants in Atlantic Canada and a significant part of the talent pool.
The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council has produced a guide to hiring immigrants in Atlantic Canada that will help you through the process, including recruitment and selection, obtaining authorization to work in Canada, and integrating a new international worker into your workforce.
Be strategic during the recruiting process. How you define the position will greatly impact the applications you receive and ensure you’re attracting qualified candidates.
Clearly outline the following in your job description:
- What the job entails
- What skills are necessary/essential
- Any specific licenses or certification required for employment, if the job is regulated
- Relevant work experience (taking international work experience into consideration)
- The level of language proficiency required
It’s also important to make sure candidates are evaluated in an adequate and fair manner.
Tips to consider:
- Address any perceived barriers for internationally-trained workers
- Verify international credentials
- Assess and verify competencies
- Determine language standards
- Evaluate yourself first – Ensure that your own organization’s practices are not systemically keeping immigrants from your organization, by conducting a statistical analysis of applicants versus hires prior to evaluating candidates