The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its president, Perrin Beatty, are encouraging Canadian businesses to employee the Syrian refugees who are beginning to arrive in the country.
The Quebec government is also urging businesses to find work for the new arrivals. The province’s Labour Minister Sam Hamad and Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil appealed to employers on Tuesday.
Hamad, who is an immigrant from Syria, said employment will help the refugees integrate into society.
A business that hires a Syrian refugee can take advantage of a work placement program that provides a subsidy of up to $15,000 to cover an employee’s wages, training and various other needs.
Do you think the needs of the refugees should come ahead of the needs of Canadian citizens and immigrants who have worked hard to get into this country?
A new Forum poll reveals that 54% of Canadians are concerned that the new Syrian arrivals are getting preferential treatment in the immigration queue.
How would you feel if you lost out on a job, despite your exemplary qualifications, to a Syrian refugee?