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Hiring Syrian Refugees? Start with Manitoba Start

With all of the recent media attention surrounding the flood of Syrian refugees crossing our borders, it goes without saying that many employers have questions regarding the technicalities (and legalities) of hiring refugees.

Manitoba Start,  an organization that helps link local businesses with newcomers to Canada, can be a great resource for employers seeking to hire our new guest to Canada.  According to their website, “Manitoba Start addresses employers’ recruitment needs by connecting business to the highly skilled and job-ready newcomers who move to our province”.

Refugees come to Canada as automatic Canadian Permanent Residents, which means they are legally entitled to work immediately upon their arrival, and are not restricted to the type of employment they can pursue.  Once the Syrian refugees arrive in Manitoba, they are put through their initial settlement process, and are then referred to Manitoba Start for assistance in finding work.

Check out my latest article for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce for more information.

*This blog post was co-written by Leanne Verreault, immigration legal assistant


About Reis Pagtakhan

Reis Pagtakhan is an immigration law partner with MLT Aikins LLP. His extensive experience includes assisting businesses obtain temporary entry to Canada and permanent residency for their executives, employees and contractors from all over the world. Reis has lectured on and written papers on immigration law for the Law Society of Manitoba, the Manitoba Bar Association, the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Community Legal Education Association of Manitoba. He has presented position papers before the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Immigration Department officials and Manitoba Labour and Immigration. He has written articles on immigration for the CBC, the Winnipeg Free Press, trade, industry and ethnic publications.


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