Labour Market Integration Research


The main objective of the Labour Market Integration Research project was to gain better understanding of Surrey's current and looming labour market needs as well as immigrant successes and challenges in finding employment in Surrey. The research also sought to gain better understanding of employer successful practices to hire and retain immigrant employees.

Research & Community Consultations

Human Capital Strategies (HCS) was contracted by the City of Surrey, on behalf of the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), to conduct research and community consultations. Close to 200 participants (including employers, immigrants and representatives of immigrant serving agencies) took part in the multi-faceted research project. A variety of methods were utilized, including an online scan of programs in Surrey, literature review, an online survey of employers, in-person interviews and focus groups. A number of promising practices aimed to enhance immigrant labour market integration were identified.

Stakeholder Consultation

In the fall of 2015, a series of stakeholder consultations were held, including one focused on identifying key priorities and actions to improve newcomer labour market integration outcomes in Surrey. All the relevant research and consultation reports are available to general public (see right column on this page). The stated purpose for the Consultation was:

  • To share the findings from the Surrey LIP Labour Market Integration research
  • To obtain stakeholder and community input and insights related to the research findings
  • To identify key priorities and actions to enhance newcomer employment outcomes in Surrey.

The consultation took place on November 17th, 2015 at Surrey Centre Library and was attended by thirty eight stakeholders (excluding presenters, consultants and staff members). The Consultation Summary Report provided an overview of the consultation and highlighted key directions and actions suggested during the day.