In 2006 the community, led in part by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and other community leaders, developed a multi-stakeholder community collaboration, the Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network (WRIEN) in recognition of the value that a strategic workforce has on economic development, business and community prosperity.
In August 2011 WRIEN’s activities became the foundation for the work pillar under the Local Immigration Partnership recently named Immigration Partnership. WRIEN thanks all those involved over the past five years and congratulates them on the success they achieved developing impactful programs and engaging employers.
WRIEN’s mandate was to be a facilitator and catalyst to assist and support employers in the process of attracting, hiring, integrating and retaining internationally trained individuals as one solution to skills shortages.
A number of no cost tools and programs have been created to help employers with the process. Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network (WRIEN) brings together cross-sectoral partners for the purpose of better attracting immigrant talent and ensuring immigrants are much more visible and successful within recruitment and selection processes undertaken by employers in Waterloo Region.
Visit the Immigration Partnership for further information.