This unique approach to unlocking immigrants’ full workforce participation will be critical to Canada’s post-COVID recovery — here’s why

Why It Matters

As part of Canada’s plan to rebuild the economy post-COVID, the federal government aims to welcome a record number of immigrants into the country in 2021 — but to fully unlock the country’s economic recovery, Canada needs to go beyond immigration numbers and tackle other internal employment gaps that newcomers in the country face.

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Diana Henderson currently lives in Grand Prairie, Alberta, along with her husband and young daughter. While working at an immigrant support organization, she’s currently studying to get her Chartered Professional Accountant certification in Canada — a designation that will allow her to return to her work as a financial analyst. It’s a career she spent eight years in back in Mexico, but that she hasn’t worked in since she first landed in Canada in 2016 to be with her husband.

“When I got my work permit, I started looking for jobs,” Henderson says. “That was when I first realized that I wouldn’t be able go back to my field if I didn’t get my CPA. I tried to get jobs as a financial analyst, but they wouldn’t hire me, because they said I needed the CPA certification — it

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