Among the success stories Saskatchewan can boast about is being a leader in linking the Indigenous population to the workforce.
Almost 25 years ago Saskatchewan Labour Force Development, a joint venture of the provincial chamber and the federation of labour, advanced the idea that untapped labour pools such as First Nations people or the disabled could address talent shortages.
That idea advanced further with the provincial chamber’s Action Saskatchewan plan five years later and we have made significant progress since then.
Today we continue to see labour shortages. Perhaps the gap is more pronounced than ever prompting employers to expand their search for new talent.
One worth noting is Bank of Montreal which just launched a campaign to hire displaced persons, immigrants and refugees. They have special webpages to enable this demographic group to connect with recruitment personnel in both their Canadian and American operations. And it comes on the heels of the US arm earning a top score in the US Disability Equality Index and being named among the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.