Over the past 12 months ITAC and its members have participated in a series of senior level roundtable consultations lead by Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade Minister Sandra Pupatello in order to formulate a strategy for the growth of the ICT sector in Ontario. Our discussions have centered on four areas - productivity, innovation, procurement and, of course, talent. Among many recommendations the industry has offered to improve Ontario’s knowledge-based talent pool is the suggestion that we do a better job recruiting and integrating highly skilled foreign workers into our workforce.
One step in the path toward that objective is ensuring that ICT companies themselves have sound strategies and processes for recruiting and integrating highly skilled foreign workers. To assist in this, the Ontario Government, in cooperation with the Government of Canada has designed a 1/2 day information session on immigration issues confronting employers and some of the programs in place to assist them. This session will be tailored to meet the specific labour market needs of the ICT sector. It will be of value to all ICT human resource professionals seeking to strengthen their companies workforce through the attraction of foreign workers. The session is hosted by the Ontario Government and is offered free of charge. Seating is limited so please register early for this event. A draft program is attached.