Editorial — May 16, 2014

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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A Prince Albert Collegiate Institute Grade 12 English Language Arts A30 class taught by Evonne Garrett worked with Daily Herald managing editor Perry Bergson last month on writing editorials for newspapers. Over the next month we’ll give them a chance to speak up on issues that are meaningful to them. This one was written by Mariya Faryna.


Immigrants are a big part of Canada; they affect the economy, businesses, and make contribution to the country. Thousands of immigrants come to Canada every year to find a better life, and to get a better job. But all of them have to face a problem of unemployment, when immigrating to Canada.

Why are employers so skeptical about hiring immigrants, even if they have a similar experience for a particular job, which they have gotten in their home country? High rates of unemployment are all caused by this issue.

Even the highly trained professionals in other nations are unable to get the job in Canada, because of their inability to transfer their professional skills.

Canadian employers and arrived immigrants have been having this particular argument over the years. So why are there high rates of unemployment among immigrants in Canada?

In order to get the job employers value the Canadian experiences much more than they value knowledge immigrants have gotten in their country. If this issue continues, Canada might lose immigrants and discourage people to immigrate to Canada.

Experiences, whether applicants degree or additional education was Canadian or not, do not matter and have no impact on the chance of an interview request. Some employers operate by this statement and it might seem like there is no issue like unemployment when immigrating to Canada.

But most employers strictly suggest that immigrants need a Canadian experience in order to get a job. The whole conflict only discourages immigrants, and has no benefit towards any side of the argument.

While we are blinded by the statement that all people in Canada can get a job, even if it’s a low income job, it is not true. It have been shown that interview request rates for English-named applicants with Canadian education and experience were more than three times higher compared to resumes of  immigrants with unique foreign names.

Because this issue affects so many people who arrive to Canada, is it ever possible to change or prevent this?

”Skilled immigrants in Canada continue to experience high rates of underemployment and unemployment. A lack of recognition of foreign credentials and experience, language and communication barriers, discrimination and employers” states the Canadian survey.

All experiences are important, otherwise people wouldn’t be willing to learn and contribute their lives to studying and trying to find their dream job.

Canadian experiences are very important, but why are employers not giving any chance for immigrants to get these experiences? In order to gain experience in any job field, people need to work and learn. But when they can’t get any job, it only makes the problem much more difficult.

The only way to fix this problem is to allow immigrants to get experience, since this issue doesn’t only affect immigrants, but the economy and businesses of the country as well.


Organizations: Prince Albert Collegiate Institute Grade, Daily Herald

Geographic location: Canada

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