News from Surrey LIP: Labour Market Integration Research
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Human Capital Strategies has been contracted to conduct a Labour Market Integration research project. The goal of the project is to better understand Surrey’s current and looming labour market needs, explore the labour market barriers faced by Surrey employers and immigrants, and identify solutions to improve immigrant labour market outcomes.

All research and consultation conducted will be summarized and developed into key findings reports. The findings will be used to guide the Surrey LIP Committee and inform the development of both the Immigrant and the Refugee Settlement and Integration Strategic Plans.  Findings will also be shared with other community stakeholders and posted on the Surry LIP website. The final report will be available in November.

The project will include the following research and consultation components:

  1. A Literature Review of primary and secondary sources focused on two main areas:
    • An overview of the Surrey’s key economic sectors and current and looming labour market needs; and
    • Identifying promising practises of labour market integration of immigrants at the community level.
  2. Targeted consultations with key Surrey employers in high growth and high demand sectors to identify current and projected skill shortages and labour market demand;
  3. Consultation with the Surrey Immigrant Advisory Roundtable to gather employment and labour market perspectives from an immigrant and refugee perspective;
  4. Consultations with a broad section of Surrey immigrant service providers to determine best practices in employment services and identify gaps between service provision and employment for immigrants; and
  5. An online employer survey.