Secure Futures: New MOU Links Skilled Refugees and Tourism Employers

Tourism HR Canada is pleased to announce it has signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB), an implementing partner of the Government of Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathway Pilot (EMPP).

Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB) envisions a world where forcibly displaced people can use their skills and talents to move to secure futures. The EMPP program is designed to provide skilled refugees with enhanced opportunities for employment and economic mobility, enabling them to establish self-sufficient lives in their new communities as Permanent Residents.

The MOU further strengthens the cooperation between Tourism HR Canada and Talent Beyond Boundaries, and will assist them with promoting labour mobility for skilled refugees and other displaced people around the globe. The organizations share a recognition that refugees and other displaced people need greater access to durable solutions, and that access to labour mobility is an additional solution that is complementary to resettlement and humanitarian pathways.

Specifically, the agreement outlines the following activities, some subject to securing funding:

  • Disseminate communications to promote EMPP as part of tourism employers’ HR strategies
  • Identify employers interested in hiring skilled refugees for roles in the tourism sector
  • Provide pre-arrival job readiness and occupation-specific training, using industry-sanctioned programs, to candidates that have secured job offers
  • Explore workplace mentorship and language training
  • Form a working group with tourism industry and association leaders, tourism employers, and project delivery partners to discuss strategies around leveraging the EMPP and building inclusive workplaces

Both parties recognize rights-based and community-based approaches as central to their collaboration, and are committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion of all groups. They commit to carrying out all their activities with the highest ethical and professional standards, in conformity with the humanitarian nature of their work. The organizations each have a policy of zero tolerance to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and agree to collaborate in prevention, protection from, and response to SEA.

Watch for updates as activities associated with the agreement progress—subscribe to Tourism HR Insider for future announcements.

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