New national wage subsidy will integrate skilled newcomers into Canada’s bioeconomy

OTTAWA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, BioTalent Canada announced the launch of a new program: the Bio-Economy Skilled Newcomer Internship Program, which will provide employers with funds to onboard skilled newcomers and internationally trained professionals (EFP) in the Canadian bioeconomy. The $2.9 million project helps bioeconomy employers access qualified people they might not otherwise have considered for roles.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program, Bioeconomy Skilled Newcomer Internships provide employers with 75% of a participant’s salary up to a maximum of $20,000 for a job placement three to nine months.

“Newcomers and IEPs make up just 26% of our industry which faces a shortage of 65,000 workers by the end of the decade, according to a national Labor Market Information (LMI) study released recently,” said Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada. “Programs like the Bioeconomy Skilled Newcomer Internships are vital resources for an industry that has long relied on outdated human resources and independent recruitment, which significantly limits the talent pool.

One of the biggest barriers newcomers and IEPs face when they arrive in Canada is having their skills recognized by employers. With this understanding, Bioeconomy Skilled Newcomer Internships provide participants with access to the BioSkills Recognition Program upon completion of their internship. They also benefit from free registration for BioTalent Canada’s Essential Skills and Technical Skills Fundamentals courses. All of this helps newcomers and IEPs become BioReady™ and boosts employers’ confidence to hire them full-time.

“The BioReady™ designation helps employers recognize the skills that newcomers are able to demonstrate,” says Iona Santos-Fresnoza, program manager at IEC-BC, a nonprofit organization that connects employers with immigrant talents. “And it worked for our FAST participants. We have clients who have stated that obtaining the BioReady™ certificate was in fact a crucial part of their employment.

“Attracting talent from around the world is essential to Canada’s economic growth and addressing labor shortages. That’s why we’re investing in BioTalent Canada, to help hard-working newcomers develop their skills and find employment opportunities in science-based industries across the country.

– Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

The Bioeconomy Skilled Newcomer Internships program runs until October 2023 and aims to place over 165 newcomers and IEPs in small and medium-sized businesses across Canada. For more information on this program or to apply, visit biotalent.ca/skillednewcomers

Rob Henderson is available for comment.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program.

About BioTalent Canada

BioTalent Canada supports the people behind life-changing science. Recognized as the go-to source for labor market information, BioTalent Canada guides bioeconomy stakeholders with factual data and industry-driven standards. BioTalent Canada is focused on boosting the brainpower of the industry by bridging the gap between ready-to-use talent and employers and ensuring the agility, resilience and long-term sustainability of one of Canada’s most vital sectors.

Recently named one of Canada’s 50 Best Workplaces with 10-50 Employees and Certified Great Place to Work® for 2021, BioTalent Canada applies the same industry standards it recommends to its stakeholders. These accolades were awarded to BioTalent Canada following an extensive and independent survey analysis conducted by Great Place to Work®.

For more information, visit biotalent.ca.

About Bioeconomy Skilled Newcomer Internships

The Bioeconomy Skilled Newcomer Internship opens the door and provides valuable work experience for newcomers and internationally trained professionals (IEPs). The program offers employers up to 75% of a participant’s salary up to a maximum of $20,000 for a placement of three to nine months. It helps employers access talented people they might not otherwise have considered for roles. All participants receive free registration to follow BioTalent Canada’s Essential Skills and Technical Skills training courses and, upon completion, have access to the BioSkills Recognition Program. To learn more, visit biotalent.ca/skillednewcomers.

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