HR Microscope – May 2019

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May 2019

Hiring international students attending Canadian post-secondary schools to address skills shortages – immigration considerations

Employers in the bio-tech sector, like many Canadian employers, face skills shortages. Some of these skills shortages may be addressed through the hiring of international graduates or students attending Canadian post-secondary institutions.

The number of international students attending school in Canada has grown significantly. Canada’s immigration policies have been designed to allow such foreign students opportunities to obtain work experience in Canada. Many international students will also be able to eventually transition to permanent resident status. Therefore, Canadian employers may be able to address some of their skills shortages by sourcing foreign national students or graduates to address both short and long term requirements.

This article provides a brief overview of options to hire international students attending school in Canada, and to transition them to permanent resident status in Canada.

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Finalists for the 2019 Catalyst Award for Top New Biotech Hire announced

As the HR partner and catalyst for growth in Canada’s bio-economy, BioTalent Canada launched its annual Catalyst Award in 2015 to recognize the employers who invest in young talent and the dedicated young people, hired through wage subsidies. With the success of the Student Work Placement Program, this year’s award included nominations from students gaining on-the-job skills and experience through work-integrated learning.

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Turning biomass into plastic with Canadian expertise

When biochemicals company Origin Materials started in California in 2008, it sought to unlock the potential of furan chemistry: a process that can create plastics from sustainable and renewable biomass like wood chips and cardboard instead of the petroleum products traditionally used for polymer manufacturing. But for Origin to grow, it first needed to show that its innovative method was commercially viable at a large scale. Its demonstration plant in Sarnia, Ontario, was designed to do just that — and to do it right, the company needed qualified workers who could hit the ground running, learn on the go and get the new plant operational.

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Green crossovers – Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

“Canada’s agricultural and forest-based residues offer an abundant source of sustainable feedstock to support a bio-economy, allowing our nation to create a sustainable hybrid chemistry sector. Through these efforts, we are taking a lead role in accelerating the Sarnia-Lambton Hybrid Chemistry Cluster.”

– A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC)

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