Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Job program for immigrants aims to fill labour gaps outside GTA - TORONTO STAR

by Nicholas Keung 
Originally published: March 26, 2017
Publisher: TheStar.com 

The Rural Employment Initiative networks with employers in smaller communities, vets and refers suitable immigrant candidates willing to relocate from Greater Toronto.

Apoorvya Kapoor started applying for jobs in Canada even before she arrived from India last May, but none of the 200-plus resumes she sent out to GTA employers yielded a response.

Frustrated with the grim employment prospects, the new immigrant attended a job fair in Mississauga in November put on by the Peel Newcomer Centre and a staff member asked if she would consider relocating outside of Greater Toronto.

“You go to all these websites and 95 per cent of the job postings are within the GTA,” said Kapoor, who has an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering and a master’s degree in hospital administration from India. “I just never thought about that.”