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Hiring new talent with the right mix of skills is an increasingly challenging situation in Canada’s competitive and tight labour market. Data shows this trend will continue into the next 10 to 15 years as baby boomers retire and Canada’s population of working age individuals declines.

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Workforce Development Resources

There are many resources available from multiple organizations which assist employers with recruitment, training and grants . You can learn more about each resource by clicking the Learn More link, or favourite you resources and we will get back to you with a tailored plan.

Open Door Group’s employer services can help connect businesses and industries of all sizes to the talent they need.

SNTC organizations, ATEC and ASETS provide training and employment opportunities to aboriginal peoples within Kamloops and the region. The SNTC team will share your job opportunities with their network and help employers get connected with their assistance programs.

KIS provides support to immigrants, refugees, migrant workers, visible minorities, first-generation Canadians, and their families members of the Canadian society. Work with their Employment Engagement Advisor to post your jobs and connect with newcomers to Kamloops who bring with them rich and diverse education and international experience.

TRU works together with employers to find emerging talent, including everything from apprentices with work experience and new graduates to first year degree students looking for jobs.

INWIL is a new collaboration funded by the BC Government to connect local communities with emerging student talent from TRU, UBCO and UNBC.

Hundreds of companies across Canada hire working holiday youth, these programs are built for recommending hard-working participants. It can take 2-3 months to apply, and the duration of the Visa can be up to 1-2 years.

TRU works together with employers to find emerging talent, including everything from apprentices with work experience and new graduates to first year degree students looking for jobs.

For entry level management and supervisory jobs (NOCs Codes required are O/A/B) this program will help businesses hire international students upon graduation.

This program helps students gain integrated learning experience and to provide companies with student talent from Interior BC Univerisities. Hiring and training grants are available to offset the cost of training for certain positions.

SNTC organizations, ATEC and ASETS provide training and employment opportunities to aboriginal peoples within Kamloops and the region. The SNTC team will share your job opportunities with their network and help employers get connected with their assistance programs.

IECBC provides BC employers with solutions, tools, and resources to attract, hire and retain qualified and skilled immigrant talent. IECBC works with newcomers with diverse backgrounds in everything from engineering, tech, finance, and trades. IECBC has developed innovative tools and resources to help employers access this untapped talent pool and build a diverse and inclusive workplaces.

KIS provides support to immigrants, refugees, migrant workers, visible minorities, first-generation Canadians, and their families members of the Canadian society. Work with their Employment Engagement Advisor to post your jobs and connect with newcomers to Kamloops who bring with them rich and diverse education and international experience.

ICTC-CTIC has several options for employers focusing on hiring tech talent. They provide assistance to connect with Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) in IT; establish work Integrated Learning with financial assistance to hire post-secondary students and connect with newly trained and upskilled talent looking to grow their careers in an ICT or digital field in Canada.

The IM Program allows (the employer) to hire a temporary worker without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The employer submits an offer of employment through the Employer Portal as part of the program. There are 6 unique streams including:

  1. The Post Graduation Work Permit Program
  2. Reciprocal Youth Exchange Agreements
  3. International Free trade Agreements
  4. The Intra-Company transfer Program
  5. Circimstances of Social or Cultural Benefit to Canada Program
  6. The Bridging Open Work Permit

This program offers temporary foreign workers of different streams depending on the type of talent that is required.

This program is for skilled workers that include managerial, professional, and technical & skilled trades with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently.

The BC PNP Skills Immigration (SI) stream, including the Express Entry BC (EEBC) option, is a tool for British Columbia (B.C.) employers to attract and retain workers and recent graduates with the skills, education and/or experience that are needed in B.C.

IECBC provides BC employers with solutions, tools, and resources to attract, hire and retain qualified and skilled immigrant talent . IECBC works with newcomers with diverse backgrounds in everything from engineering, tech, finance, and trades. IECBC has developed innovative tools and resources to help employers access this untapped talent pool and build a diverse and inclusive workplaces.

ICTC-CTIC has several options for employers focusing on hiring tech talent. They provide assistance to connect with Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs) in IT; establish work Integrated Learning with financial assistance to hire post-secondary students and connect with newly trained and upskilled talent looking to grow their careers in an ICT or digital field in Canada

The IM Program allows (the employer) to hire a temporary worker without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The employer submits an offer of employment through the Employer Portal as part of the program. There are 6 unique streams including:

  1. The Post Graduation Work Permit Program
  2. Reciprocal Youth Exchange Agreements
  3. International Free trade Agreements
  4. The Intra-Company transfer Program
  5. Circimstances of Social or Cultural Benefit to Canada Program
  6. The Bridging Open Work Permit

IRCC's Temporary Foreign Worker Program provides a channel for employers to hire foreign nationals from outside Canada. A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is required in most cases. (There is a list of exemptions on the website.) The LMIA takes between 8 days to one month for approval and costs $1000.

Check to see if the foreign national will qualify under one of the International Mobility programs first to save on cost and time.

The BC PNP Skills Immigration (SI) stream, including the Express Entry BC (EEBC) option, is a tool for British Columbia (B.C.) employers to attract and retain workers and recent graduates with the skills, education and/or experience that are needed in B.C.

GTS Category B program provides employers with an expedited process to hiring skilled foreign nationals in ICT/STEM occupations and that are in short supply in Canada.

Referrals from Venture Kamloops as a DSC referral partner is available to entries making a significant economic impact to our economy.

The Global Skills Strategy will help employers expedite the process of ecojnomic immigration for highly skilled workers through faster application processing times and work permit exemptions.

MITACS helps solve your research challenges with academic expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from Mitacs.

This program finds and connect you to job-ready skilled workers, and improve your retention rates by continuing to work with you after placement.

SNTC organizations, ATEC and ASETS provide training and employment opportunities to aboriginal peoples within Kamloops and the region. The SNTC team will share your job opportunities with their network and help employers get connected with their assistance programs

Develop your talent pipeline by building relationships with TRU's Trades and experiencial learning at TRU to become an employer of choice.

The BCCA – Integrating Newcomers (BCCA-IN) program is dedicated to solving the skilled workforce shortage challenges of Canada’s construction industry. They help to build connections between employers and newcomers with internation experience in construction and trades. The scope of services is designed to build the best outcome for the construction industry, economy, and community.

IECBC provides BC employers with solutions, tools, and resources to attract, hire and retain qualified and skilled immigrant talent who are new to Canada and who have permanent residency.

The IM Program allows (the employer) to hire a temporary worker without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The employer submits an offer of employment through the Employer Portal as part of the program. There are 6 unique streams including:

  1. The Post Graduation Work Permit Program
  2. Reciprocal Youth Exchange Agreements
  3. International Free trade Agreements
  4. The Intra-Company transfer Program
  5. Circimstances of Social or Cultural Benefit to Canada Program
  6. The Bridging Open Work Permit

Express Entry benefits employers by having a direct role in recruiting skilled workers; they are matched with candidates through Job Bank.

The BC PNP Skills Immigration (SI) stream, including the Express Entry BC (EEBC) option, is a tool for British Columbia (B.C.) employers to attract and retain workers and recent graduates with the skills, education and/or experience that are needed in B.C.

Referrals from Venture Kamloops as a DSC referral partner is available to entries making a significant economic impact to our economy.

The Global Skills Strategy will help employers expedite the process of ecojnomic immigration for highly skilled workers through faster application processing times and work permit exemptions.

The Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) is a non-refundable investment tax credit (ITC) for apprentices and employers can claim an financial credit.

WILWorks will provide value to manufacturing employers by providing wage subsidies to employers that offer quality student work placements.

MITACS helps solve your research challenges with academic expertise, leveraged funding, and one-to-one support from Mitacs.

The Youth Employment Program offers financial assistance to offset the cost of hiring young talent to work on projects with R&D, engineering, multimedia, or market analysis components.

This tech talent program has several grants that offers employers opportunity to hire skilled workers, and help employers find the right candidate.

TRU works together with employers to find emerging talent, including everything from apprentices with work experience and new graduates to first year degree students looking for jobs.

The INWIL team curate job postings that entice candidates to apply. They also provide a guide on hiring, on boarding, and a government training grants toolkit.

This program has a free basic subscription for businesses wanting to connect with students across Canada.

The B.C. Employer Training Grant (ETG) provides up to $8 million in funding for employers to support skills training for their current and new employees.

The Digital Skills for Youth program supports enterprises who have hired a young professional or are looking to hire one. The companies can benefit from subsidized salary costs.

The program provides employers with wage subsidies to hire post-secondary students for paid work experiences.

This is a program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer..

Business Strategy Internship (BSI) is a four-month internship program. Participating partner organizations will contribute $5,000 for a total award of $10,000 to be used towards a student stipend

This program connects undergrad and graduate students that self-identify as under-represented with an opportunity to bring their skills to a technology company or a business hiring for a tech role.

The MIF is focused on providing the McGill community the ability to accelerate the development of their invention or company. MIF program facilitates entrepreneurial activity that will advance a technology.

The training tax credit provides refundable income tax credits for employers who employ apprentices enrolled in apprenticeship programs administered through the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

This program provides support to eligible employers that continue to experience qualifying declines in revenues relative to before the pandemic.

BC Chamber of Commerce has pulled together a list of grants for employers in this list. This list can be referred to regularly as a source to find new grants.

This is a list of student grants that TRU relies on to find grants for their student hires.

Employee Upskills training for underrepresented groups.

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market. Yearly applications open in January and close in March.

The goal of the ETG is to help British Columbians access the skills training needed to adapt to the changing requirements of jobs and the labour market while encouraging employer involvement in the training of their employees.

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Contact Nicole Bruce


Economic Development Manager

Phone: 250.828.6818
Toll Free: 1.888.526.5667
nicole@venturekamloops.com

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The number of people employed in Kamloops is estimated at nearly 49,000 and is projected to increase to nearly 51,000 by 2022.