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Workforce Innovation and Inclusion Project (WIIP)

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Talent shortages have become a major challenge for Canadian businesses, with organizations stressing the need for innovative strategies to address growing skills gaps. Yet despite the availability of programs that support the integration of highly skilled newcomers, immigrant employment outcomes are still far below that of their Canadian-born counterparts.  

The Workforce Innovation and Inclusion Project (WIIP) is bringing together diverse employers, non-profits, and settlement agencies to address the employment needs of newcomers and produce a skilled, resilient Canadian workforce. Funded by the Government of Canada through Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the WIIP will identify and build on effective practices for supporting newcomer integration in order to drive innovation, economic growth, and social development across sectors.

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  • Identify proven methods for addressing economic and social challenges for newcomers
  • Help determine areas for program improvements for underserved newcomer groups
  • Broaden the talent pool by scaling effective skill-development programs
  • Enhance partnerships between employers and the immigrant-serving sector
  • Develop new models, partnerships, tools and programs that have high potential impact
  • Increase employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for newcomers

The Workplace Innovation and Inclusion Project (WIIP) will map new, innovative service delivery models across Canada and create mechanisms for scaling these approaches. WIIP is engaging partners in the settlement sector and across multiple industries, representing the needs of both employers and the newcomer labour force.

Diversity Institute, Ted Rogers School, Ryerson University

Association of Canadian Studies
Halifax Local Immigration Partnership

Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC)

ACCES Employment

Blue Cardinal Capital

Brampton Multicultural Community Centre

Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association

Canada‚ÄźPakistan Business Council

Dalhousie University


Canadian Institute

Conference Board of Canada

iCanada Alliance

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

Immigrant Services Society of BC

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC)


Morneau Shepell

Newcomer Centre of Peel

Nexus BC

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario College of Trades

Scadding Court Community Centre




Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council

Youth Employment Services

YWCA Canada


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