Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Surrey leads way in tackling immigrant job challenges - BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER

by Patrick Blennerhassett
Originally published: March 14, 2017

A new Statistics Canada study suggests that by 2036, nearly one in two Canadians will be an immigrant or the child of an immigrant. As outlined in Immigration and Diversity: Population Projections for Canada and its Regions, Canada’s immigration population could rise to 30% by 2036, compared with 20.7% as of 2011. In the Lower Mainland, immigrants could represent as much as 48.5% of the population in under two decades.

While the number of immigrants to B.C. has been slowing since the 1990s, Surrey has picked up much of the slack. Its immigrant population increased 63.7% between 2001 and 2011; the Lower Mainland’s average was 23.7% during the same period.

The city has consequently become ground zero for immigrant integration into the workforce, said Mandie La Montagne, a human resources strategist and partner for the Surrey-based Intueri Group.