The Tri-Cities is changing. Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody are no longer just “Vancouver suburbs”.  We are anchor cities in the Lower Mainland – important destinations for business, residential and tourism.  With Evergreen Line construciton well underway and new businesses opening in our region every day, our population is booming, and we’re attracting more than just Vancouverites looking to get away from the city core.  The Tri-Cities also attracts a large portion of immigrants to the Lower Mainland.  Why wouldn’t it?  We have beautiful scenery, a friendly community feel, and a growing business sector.

The Tri-Cities business community greatly benefits from the changing population in the Tri-Cities.  Local businesses can draw from a diverse talent pool of internationally trained workers to meet their staffing needs.  In BC, we often hear about the ‘skills gap’ – a lack of skilled workers for important industries in our province.  The immigrant population in the Tri-Cities (and the Lower Mainland in general) provides a solution to this skills shortage.  It’s just a matter of connecting local businesses with the skilled workers they need.

 

On March 12, we are partnering with the Tri-Cities Welcoming Communities Advisory to host a Business/Immigrant Forum & Dialogue.  This free event will bring local businesses and internationally trained workers together to discuss how businesses can find the skilled workers they need and how new immigrants can find positions that suit their skills and experience.  If you are an employer, community leader, business person and/or HR professionals, attend this free forum to:

– Meet the Tri-Cities’ immigrant talent pool and gain a better understanding of the skills force in the Tri-Cities

– Understand the barriers between the community and the workplace, both for businesses and immigrants

– Share the challenges you have faced as a business in integrating the immigrant workforce into your business, and hear the challenges skilled immigrants face in our community

– Learn about a solution to the skills gap that businesses are facing