Governments are Canada’s largest employers. The federal, provincial and municipal governments employ 3.6 million people. Public administration or general government operations alone (excluding education, health and business initiatives) employ almost 1.4 million people. As such, governments are major employers in many cities. In some provinces and territories, the public sector employs over a
quarter of the work force.
The research for this paper sought to learn more about the conditions that influence various levels of government in employing skilled immigrants. In particular, it sought to:
– Explore the reasons why governments should be leaders in immigrant employment
– Understand the conditions that influence behaviour on hiring immigrants (e.g. legislation, unions, citizenship or language requirements, political will)
– Identify good immigrant employment practices and approaches currently used by governments
– Provide credible findings that can be used to stimulate discussion about government immigrant employment practices