COVID-19 Impact on Employment, Employer Panel Discussion

March 30, 2020

Today we held our virtual Employer Panel Discussion via Zoom Video Communications for our clients participating in the Empowering Newcomer Visible Minority Women to Succeed in the Canadian Labor Market Initiative. A special thank you to our guest speakers who gave our participants insight on the current employment situation and to answer their questions about how the COVID-19 emergency will impact the job market and their career prospects.

Panellists discussed how employers are dealing with the current situation—informing our clients on how to advance employment prospects, new career opportunities, challenges, and job loss. Our clients were open and transparent about their concerns. They were given solutions on how to accommodate changes in the job market, possible new hiring processes, and creative ways to make use of them. 

“Thank you for organizing this lovely event, the other panelists shared some very insightful recommendations, helpful reassurances and astute observations. It’s lovely for our Ottawa community to come together to help each other out this way.” – Chamika A, Privy Council Office, Government of Canada

We want to extend our appreciation to Magdalene Cooman as the panel moderator and our ENW Recruitment team, Andy RapochFatima Saadeddine, & Haguer Abdelmoneim, for their fantastic job in preparing and executing the panel today!

Employer Panel Participants

Chamika Ailapperuma, M.A., Government of Canada
Christine Anderson-Brown, Centertown Community Center
Heidi Hauver, CHRE, Invest Ottawa
Karen Butterfield, Algonquin College
Ryan J. L. Hardy, Newfound Recruiting Corporation
Sari Cantor, Recruiting in Motion

World Skills will continue to work with employers in making employment opportunities available to newcomers. Please continue to monitor our job board.

Check out these additional COVID-19 Response Resources:

Invest Ottawa –
Linked In Learning –
Algonquin College –



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Dear clients, volunteers, employers, partners and stakeholders; due to the special circumstances related to COVID-19, from March 17, 2020 and until further notice, our employment services are being offered remotely using e-mail, telephone, and other available technologies.

We have made an effort to transition all our services online which include: job search workshops, employer events, language courses, individualized employment counselling, intake and assessment of new clients, re-assessment of existing clients, pre-screening candidates for job opportunities, our resume clinic, among other services.

For group format, we're mostly using zoom and for one/one we're very open to whichever technology works for you.

If you're a newcomer job seeker who'd like to register or a stakeholder who'd like to find out more, please connect with us via e-mail at

Your questions and requests will be dealt with by our solicitous staff.

Please stay safe and follow the advice of health officials.