Some critics voice concerns they never act on. When Hoda Katebi couldn’t find the kind of fashion company she wanted to do business with, she created it herself - an immigrant and refugee-run fashion production cooperative on Chicago’s North Side, called Blue Tin Production. How is her vision of a humane workplace playing out? >> Fashion. Sewing; Entrepreneurship
Having access to work is considered a human right, due in large part to its potential to allow us to flourish, experience satisfaction and fulfil our potential. As with people from all walks of life, meaningful work provides a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, while also helping to maintain the skills of the individual, and help them to integrate into their host community. Indeed, such gainful employment can help to advance the individual beyond an identity as an asylum seeker, and towards a meaningful member of the community. So how can this best be achieved?
Women who are new immigrants in B.C. have an especially difficult time finding jobs in the tech sector, according to a Vancouver-based diversity and inclusion expert. 'Often, immigrant women who come in don't have the self-confidence or even the mindset to approach people that they don't know at all and form that first connection,' says co-founder of Immigrant and International Women in Science. >> IT (Information technology); Women
Not all immigrants face the same challenges in the Canadian job market, with those who had work experience in Canada prior to obtaining their permanent residence status reporting the highest earnings a year after admission to the country.
Job-seeking help provided to a Syrian refugee family by theÂ London Employment Help Centre (LEHC). >> Job search
With the storytelling, we can connect more, we know ourselves more,' Carol Zoccoli told an audience while hosting her immigrant comedy show in Toronto called Comedy as a Second Language. 'We are here to build this culture together—right? And make fun of white people, of course.' >> Arts and entertainment
Ali Awow fled civil war at home and spent a year in a refugee camp in Kenya before making his way to Southern California. Now he is running a custom clothing shop. >> Retail; Entrepreneurship
The owner of a company that crafts soap using techniques perfected hundreds of years ago in Syria is expanding his business to Edmonton this week. >> Manufacturing; Entrepreneurship
When four business partners — all immigrants who fled chaos in Iran in the 1980s — saw a City of Toronto notice looking for a site for a temporary refugee shelter, they immediately responded and offered a decommissioned Toronto Hydro building.
Windmill Microlending, a microlender for newcomers to Canada, has received a $1 million investment from Hamilton Community Foundation. This investment will enable Windmill to offer 200+ loans, changing the lives of more than 200 internationally educated immigrants and refugees and their families. >> Loans