4. Living wages

Nov 2005
Whereas:

Refugees and immigrants on minimum wage are forced to live in poverty;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the federal government in all of its contracts to ensure a living wage that at least meets the low income cut-off (LICO) or 60% of the average industrial wage, whichever is higher.

4. Eligibility for HRSDC programming

May 2004
Whereas:
  1. The government of Canada has repeatedly expressed concern for the under- employment of skilled newcomers.
  2. Many highly trained newcomers must work at survival jobs in order to support their families.
  3. People who work more than 20 hours a week are excluded from Employment Assistance programs funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR write to the Minister of HRSDC urging that under-employed newcomers be eligible for employment services regardless of the number of hours’ work per week if they are working outside of their sphere of expertise.

4. Recognition of foreign credentials

Nov 2002
Whereas:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada, HRDC, Industry Canada and Canadian Heritage plan to improve the process for recognizing foreign credentials, for example by allowing for the process to begin overseas; coordinating credential evaluation processes; setting up a single source of information and licensing requirements and establishing norms for work experience;

Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR advocate with CIC, HRDC, Industry Canada, Canadian Heritage, MRCI and other relevant bodies that:

  1. Those working toward the recognition of foreign trained professionals be involved in the process from the beginning to the end;
  2. Evaluation of the outcomes of this initiative be based on detailed demographic indicators, broken down by gender, age and country of origin.

5. HRDC funding for agencies

Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. Knowledge Matters documents the necessity of integrating the skills of immigrants into the Canadian labour market;
  2. HRDC is encouraging the development of cross-sectoral partnerships to facilitate labour market integration;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR advocate with HRDC for the allocation of funding to enable immigrant serving agencies to increase their capacity and facilitate the development of appropriate cross-sectoral partnerships to address local needs.

 

2. HRDC priorities

Nov 2002
Whereas:
  1. The current HRDC priorities for funding are: women, youth, aboriginal people, people with disabilities;
  2. The current HRDC practice provides no resources to assist new Canadians to fully participate in the Canadian labour market;
  3. These policies are designed to assist disadvantaged populations to enter the mainstream labour market;
  4. The integration of newcomers to the Canadian labour market requires a head start equal to that of the already identified groups;
Therefore be it resolved:

That CCR contact the minister responsible for HRDC and urge that the HRDC recognize as a priority group newcomers to Canada to ensure their full participation into the Canadian labour market.

 

4. Professional and trade qualifications

Nov 1998
Whereas:
  1. Immigrants and refugees are coming to this country with qualifications and professional skills that are needed in Canada;
  2. Many newcomers have been denied access to their professions or trades because of inflexible accreditation bodies;
Therefore be it resolved:

That the CCR call on the federal and provincial governments to ensure that there is a fair process whereby newcomers can gain recognition of the skills they acquired elsewhere and have:

  1. access to training to meet Canadian standards;
  2. a right of appeal from denial of such recognition or access.