Our sector frequently communicates an eagerness to diversify as well as a desire to recruit new employees. A recent initiative by Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), and supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), offers suggestions on how to do this.
MSVU’s International Education Centre had previously developed guides to encourage international students and graduates to seek out careers in Halifax, and to encourage and assist employers to hire international students and graduates. These caught the eye of ACOA.
“The guides were circulated by MSVU Career Services, and our office was contacted by ACOA,” Amy Braye, Manager, International Education Centre, MSVU, told the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia (CSCNS) during a recent conversation.
“The guides had a friendly, look and tone,” said Lauri Gallaway, Account Manager, ACOA. Lauri brought these to the attention of the ACOA working group on immigration. The group agreed that the guides could potentially appeal to international students and employers across Atlantic Canada. ACOA provided funding to MSVU to create new guides with Pan-Atlantic content.
To ensure that the revised guides would have broad reach, an Advisory Committee was created with representatives from other Atlantic Canadian universities, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and provincial immigration offices and other stakeholders. ACOA also offered input.
The new guides, one designed to help employers in hiring international students and graduates; and the other aimed at international students and graduates to help their careers to prosper here in Atlantic Canada, were recently released in both French and English. These can be accessed via the MSVU website.