SHHA Applauds New Program Connecting Newcomers to Hotel Jobs

From left: Philip Mondor, President of Tourism HR Canada; Hon. Ahmed D. Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; Tao Huynh, The Westin Ottawa; Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and, Susie Grynol, President, Hotel Association of Canada

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), together with Tourism HR Canada, applauded the federal government for launching the Employing Newcomers in Canadian Hotels Pilot Project. This three-year pilot program will see nearly $7 million dedicated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to connect newcomers to Canada with jobs in the hotel industry in 5 regions across the country, including Saskatchewan.

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From left: Samantha Joyal, Amelia Muse, Careka Volly & Denny Joyal at the Waterfront Beach Bar & Grill at Regina Beach

The Province of Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands has been praised by the Canadian Hotel and Tourism sector for being the leaders of the “Labour Mobility Partnership” between the government and people of Canada and Solomon Islands. 

Two GP-CITREC graduates, Amelia Muse and Careka Volly, have been recognized as Guadalcanal’s best brand ambassadors for displaying what they learned in the classroom and exceling in the workplace. 

Following the placement of the two seasonal workers, Tourism and Hospitality Industry leaders stated, “The workers exceeded expectations, and have created significant opportunities for more hiring of CITREC-GP graduates in the summer of 2017 by the Canadian industry”. 

“It was a true honour and pleasure to work with Careka Volly and Amelia Muse. It was inspiring to witness their skills improve to the level that they achieved in such a short period of time”, Waterfront Beach Bar & Grill owner Denny Joyal said. 

Both Amelia Muse and Careka Volly were granted a 4-month work permit upon their arrival in Canada in July, and were successfully employed as seasonal workers at the Regina Beach, Saskatchewan establishment.

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SOLOMON ISLANDS PM Keen to Bolster Canadian Ties

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, right, with the Honorary Consul General to Canada, His Excellency Ashwant Dwivedi.


 Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has praised Solomon Islands growing relations with Canada, saying he looks forward to further strengthening the bilateral ties between the two countries and also fully utilising the labour mobility opportunities which Canada presents.

The Prime Minister said the recent success of two Guadalcanal – CITREC graduates in Canada as seasonal workers further present opportunities for the Solomon Islands Government to consider Canada as a labour mobility partner in areas of tourism and hospitality.

The two graduates Amelia Muse and Careka Volly have returned home after ‘successfully’ completing their four months employment in Saskatchewan. They were employed as kitchen helpers at the Waterfront Beach Bar & Grill in Regina Beach, SK.

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Government of Solomon Islands’ Guadalcanal Province Enters into Agreement with Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association

REGINA, SK At a "Labour Mobility Conference held on Wednesday October 28, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre,  The Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association entered into an agreement with the Solomon Islands’ Guadalcanal province to facilitate the entry of recent graduates enabling them to gain valuable work experience in Saskatchewan. 

The Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association (SHHA) will provide opportunities in Saskatchewan, in a temporary capacity, to the graduates of the Hospitality Program from Guadalcanal Province, allowing them to gain valuable experience in the tourism and service industry.  

“Employers in many communities across the province are experiencing labour shortages and are finding it very challenging to maintain minimum staffing levels” said Jim Bence, SHHA CEO. “We as an association need to be creative in addressing the requirements of our membership and the Solomon Islands represent a unique and exciting opportunity to satisfy the needs of both our members and the Government and peoples of the Solomon Islands.” 

The Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of a large number of islands lying east of Papua New Guinea.  

Solomon Islands is one of the very few countries which Citizens do not need a Temporary Resident Visa for Canada. 

“This is great Opportunity for the People of Guadalcanal Province. This agreement between SHHA and the Guadalcanal Provincial Government is going to further strengthen bilateral relationships between Canada, and in particular, the government and People of Saskatchewan Province and Guadalcanal Province,” Deputy Premier of Guadalcanal Honourable Rollen Seleso said.

Deputy Premier Seleso further added that the educational partnership between his province and Canadian International Training & Education Corp (CITREC) has helped Guadalcanal Province prepare Job ready candidates for Saskatchewan's Tourism and Hospitality sector. 

He said that Guadalcanal Province as an area of priority will be increasing the number of its graduates allowing them to be sent for employment opportunities in Saskatchewan. 

“Our graduates are Job Ready. They are equipped with Canadian Qualification and are ready to enter your growing industry. With the job experience they obtain in Saskatchewan, upon returning home, they will be able to contribute same to Solomon Islands growing tourism sector. We have a win win situation,” Deputy Premier Seleso said. 

“We support the Saskatchewan Hotel and Hospitality Association and their members in recruiting employees for their growing industry,” said Jeremy Harrison Minister responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan. “The recent graduates from Guadalcanal will return to the Solomon Islands with experience in a tourism industry known all over the world for exceptional hospitality.”  

Jason Hobbis, Corporate Director Airline Hotels, said “It is important to Airline Hotels that we work with all groups to fill vacancies, and we always welcome ways in which we can find people in an expedited way”  “We have 4 hotels in Saskatchewan and are very interested in the potential of this new program and the skilled associates it may provide”.

We are very excited to announce that the SHHA has entered into an agreement with Daniel Hirschkorn of Saskatoon Immigration & Employment Consulting Services Inc. (SIECSI).  Mr. Hirschkorn has been retained to provide the association with opinions and legal advice with regards to our immigration initiatives relating to provincial/federal Temporary Foreign Worker Programs, SINP, CIC, Service Canada and refugee programs.

Daniel was born and raised in Saskatchewan, attending the University of Saskatchewan for his first degree, later obtaining an Immigration Diploma with Honors from Seneca College in 2010.  Necessary to providing consultation services, Daniel is both Federally and Provincially licensed.  

Having gained invaluable experience working for one of the largest immigration and refugee settlement agencies in Alberta, Dan brought is knowledge and experience back to SK in 2006 to Start SIECSI.  

Daniel's education and depth of experience have resulted in many success and opportunities to influence positive change.  As an invited guest speaker to the Parliamentary Committee of Foreign Workers, Mr. Hirschkorn has been able to provide insight to Citizenship & Immigration Canada with respect to the uniqueness of our province and how programs and policies could be changed or adjusted.  

Currently Saskatoon Immigration & Employment Consulting Services Inc. is proud to represent a variety of employers in the hospitality industry including the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel, Airline Hotels, Subway Restaurants, Original Joe's, Prairie Steel and many others.  


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