PEI aims to help newcomers find jobs

Immigrants living in, or planning on moving to, the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island will be given help to get jobs faster following an announcement of a number of new schemes to boost employment there.

In addition to a range of new initiatives designed to help connect young people, older people and those with disabilities to available jobs in PEI, the government has also introduced a new project called ‘Building Bridges for Immigrants’.

This project will receive nearly CDN$1 million to help internationally trained professionals in PEI get their credentials recognized and get jobs in their fields faster. The Government of Canada supports foreign credential recognition and labour mobility to ensure workers can enter the job market quickly, when and where they are needed.

“Today is a good day for Islanders and for the PEI economy. Through these projects and renewed agreements with PEI, we are helping Islanders and newcomers gain the skills and experience they need to connect with available jobs,” said Gail Shea, PEI’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

Over the past 10 years, PEI has welcomed more than 11,500 newcomers and is an active participant in the country’s Provincial Nominee Programme which allows provincial governments more say in selecting the immigrants it is most in need of.

Article published 16th December 2014