Motivations of SMEs in Hiring Newcomers

Continuing with its past investigations into rural immigration, RDI has undertaken a research project focused on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on the Prairies that hire newcomers. The project seeks to understand the motivations of business owners in hiring those newcomers and the benefits and costs of hiring them from the business owners’ point of view.

Why is this research important? First, SMEs are the predominant businesses in non-metro places. SMEs also create most of the new jobs in rural areas on the Prairies. Second, Canada’s population growth will depend on immigration as the Canadian population overall is having fewer and fewer children. Therefore, rural economic development depends on successful immigration to fulfil rural labour needs and successful immigration depends on newcomers being able to integrate into local labour markets.

To achieve these goals, the project team has already met with members of the Prairie provinces’ umbrella settlement organizations (MANSO, SAISIA, and AAISA) to strategize on recruiting SMEs by getting leads from local Settlement Service Provider Organizations (SPOs).

This project is made possible through funding provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) via University of Manitoba – Immigration Research West (IRW).

For more information about this project, contact:

Sherine Salmon, MEd: 204-922-3626,
Mikaël Akimowicz, PhD: 204-761-3430,

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