Syrian Refugee Jobs Agenda Roundtable Pt 2

May 2nd, 2019

By Devon Franklin, Hire Immigrants

From December 2015 to early 2017, the Syrian Refugee Jobs Agenda Roundtable was convened under the leadership of Senator Ratna Omidvar, with a goal to increase Syrian refugees’ access to employment opportunities that utilize the talent and skills they bring to the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The Roundtable of employers, employment and immigrant serving agencies and government representatives realized numerous successes in their commitment to action-oriented initiatives; read more about them here.

The success of the Syrian Refugee Jobs Agenda Roundtable demonstrated the benefits of convening motivated community leaders to drive change and meaningful integration of new Canadians. But the work to support positive employment outcomes for all refugees new to Canada is on-going, and there was a clear need to revitalize the model with expanded scope.

On April 16, 2019, Senator Ratna Omidvar called on stakeholders to join a revitalized Refugee Jobs Agenda Roundtable. She was joined by her new Co-Chair, Darrell Pinto, VP of Research and Innovation at the Canadian Venture Capital Private Equity Association. The newly launched Roundtable was convened with objectives to:

  • Broaden the roundtable model to the national level with a focus on improving the employment outcomes of all refugees new to Canada;
  • Collaborate with employers, employment and immigrant serving agencies and government representatives to collect a body of best practices that can be shared and easily accessed across regions and business contexts, including smaller communities and smaller employers;
  • Explore the capacity for refugee entrepreneurship to grow and flourish; and
  • Guide companies that have made commitments to the Tent Partnership for Refugees and amplify their journeys and successes for others to learn from.

The newly launched Roundtable will be expanded to:

  • All refugee populations in Canada
  • Convened locally (GTHA), but National in scope: i.e., with engagement across the country.


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