Immigrant? Welcome to Canada! So you’re an engineer? You can drive a cab.
As part of SFU Public Square’s Community Summit week on BC’s economic future, City Conversations looked at how immigrants with advanced training have difficulty working at their skill level in their new country. Are the barriers language problems and differences in training? Do Canadian professions protect their fees, or employers protect workplace status quo by finding ways to keep ‘outsiders’ out? What are the implications for BC’s future economy when large numbers of immigrants are unable to contribute fully, and what are the impacts on our new citizens, their families. and our communities?
Exploring these timely issues were Kelly Pollack , Executive Director of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, Gillian Pichler, P. Eng. , Director of Registration & Licensing at the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC, and Dr. Amanda Wu , a chemical engineer from Taiwan who was unable to work in Canada for almost two years.
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