Going beyond language: Soft skill-ing cultural difference and immigrant integration in Toronto, Canada

  title={Going beyond language: Soft skill-ing cultural difference and immigrant integration in Toronto, Canada},
  author={Kori Allan},
  pages={617 - 647}
Abstract This article traces how a language and soft skills training approach to Canadian immigrant integration emerged with Canada’s shift towards a post-industrial tertiary economy. In this economy, soft skills index characteristics of ideal workers that fit the needs of Canada’s post-Fordist labour regime. It examines how skills’ training is not viewed as overly assimilatory, although skills are recognized as culturally specific, because they are understood to be civic and work related… 

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