Immigrant and refugee youth in Canada – despite high levels of educational attainment – tend to experience higher unemployment rates and are more likely to be found in low-skilled, low-wage work than their Canadian-born counterparts (Shields and Lujan 2018; Statistics Canada 2019; Turcotte 2019).
In 2021, World Education Services (WES) and the Canadian Council of Youth Prosperity (CCYP) established a partnership to explore this issue, forming a National Roundtable on Workforce Development for Immigrant Youth. Together, they hosted a National Town Hall on Immigrant Youth Workforce Development in February, 2022 to hear the firsthand experiences of immigrant and refugee youth and additional relevant stakeholders. The resulting report drew upon those findings and on a broad review of research and data on immigrant youth in the labour force. In 2023, WES mobilized this knowledge throughout the sector and also used it as the foundation for its own strategy and programming for immigrant and refugee youth.
Upon completion of the course, learners will be able to:
We acknowledge the generous contribution of the following experts to this course (listed in order of first appearance):
We would further like to acknowledge the following immigrant youth for their candor in sharing their own experiences and challenges (listed in order of first appearance):
This course draws on a range of sources. A bibliography of these sources can be found here.
Bilingual: English and French
In order to complete this course, participants must complete a series of modules to demonstrate their competence over course material. After engaging with course materials, participants will complete a short quiz for each module. Completion of the entire course will require answering a short essay question.