Safe employment integration of recent immigrants and refugees

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Published: March 2018

by: Kosny A, Yanar B, Begum M, Al-khooly D, Premji S, Lay M, Smith PM

Part of settlement and integration involves helping recent immigrants and refugees find work and become financially solvent. Yet many newcomers end up in survival jobs that are precarious, physically demanding and expose them to hazards. While “welcome materials” and settlement programs help newcomers find employment, few offer guidance on employment rights, employer responsibilities and how to stay safe at work. This report details the findings of an Institute for Work & Health study on the employment preparation process of newcomers in Ontario, with the aim of determining key training and resource needs and opportunities related to safely integrating recent immigrants and refugees into the labour market.