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Let's Imagine podcast EPISODE 4: Nonprofit workforce through the immigrant experience

Let's Imagine podcast EPISODE 4: Nonprofit workforce through the immigrant experience

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Nonprofit workforce through the immigrant experience with Debbie Douglas

Image: Debbie DouglasThis week on the podcast we’re grateful to chat with Debbie Douglas, Executive Director of OCASI - the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, about the nonprofit workforce through the lens of the immigrant experience. 

National data from Statistics Canada, analyzed by Imagine Canada to identify employment trends in the nonprofit sector, uncovered that nationally, employees in our sector are more than twice as likely to be immigrants. In addition, half of all jobs held by immigrant women are in our sector. Charities and nonprofit organizations, which employ 2.4 million people, are, by far, the country’s biggest employers of immigrant women.

There’s no doubt that the contributions of immigrants to the sector are something to celebrate. However, many immigrant women work in the nonprofit sector not because it is their first choice, but because their options are limited. While our sector is an important employer for this population, it is perhaps not for the right reasons.

With Debbie, we discuss what these findings mean and how nonprofits, government and employers in other sectors of the economy can take action to improve working conditions and reduce employment barriers faced by immigrant workers. 

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This episode is also available on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and YouTube.  


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Transcript of episode (transcript will be autogenerated, and only be available in the language the episode is recorded in)

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