Newcomer inclusion in Quebec small to medium enterprises

This project will investigate the manufacturing sector to identify and improve the experience of onboarding immigrants in small to medium enterprises (SMEs) outside of large gateway cities. These manufacturing SMEs in smaller communities are experiencing a worker shortage, particularly in non-gateway locations. This shortage has been exacerbated by the pandemic even as a large pool of immigrant workers is available but under-utilized.

Research shows that workplace onboarding, new employee recruitment, hiring and skills development programs play crucial roles and improve organizations’ abilities to attract and retain new employees.

Two individuals sitting across from eachother discussing with a notepad.

Future Skills Centre is investing $111,183 to address these challenges in a 2-year project with research expected to reap multiple benefits. Non-gateway SME manufacturers and employees (local and immigrant) from across industries and functions will be interviewed to understand their experiences, perspectives and the challenges of onboarding immigrants in non-gateway locations.

The results will contribute to the advancement, development and testing of special onboarding initiatives for immigrant workers to attract and retain this talent, as well as improving the economic integration of immigrants into industries that represent a core element of the economy.

Evaluation Strategy

This project will be evaluated using tools and approaches aligned with its goals, context, and stage of development. The evaluation will focus on generating the right evidence at the right moment to move the intervention forward. Read more about our evaluation strategy.

Featured Projects

Breakdancer on the dance floor surrounded by a diverse audience

ArtWorksTO

ArtWorksTO will connect motivated, job-ready youth with clients in need of creative talent.
Hands gesticulating in front of open laptop; person on laptop in background

A Young, Northern Workforce Enters the World of ICT

A two-year network computer technology program geared to providing entry level skills and supports to…
Computer screen showing equipment eLearning module

Developing Modern Mining Skills Through Technology

Project will be three two-week unique, demand-driven, and blended-learning training programs using VR, eLearning, simulations…
View all Projects