Hiring agency for displaced Ukrainians born from Manitoba businessman’s staffing needs

Mark Myrowich was desperate for personnel to operate in his production factories in rural Manitoba when he tapped into a  valuable useful resource — Ukrainians who experienced fled the war in their country.

“It was just tough getting people and to expand my enterprise or even to make the products and solutions that my consumers desired,” Myrowich informed CBC Manitoba Details Radio host Marcy Markusa on Tuesday.

“You see the for-hire indications all over the place. There is just a lack of persons.”

He started out reaching out via social media groups for the newly arrived Ukrainians, and arranged for host households in the Manitoba towns of Riverton and Blumenort, wherever his factories are located. His enterprise ECBVerdyol makes erosion regulate blankets and other products.

“It is been a recreation changer,” Myrowich reported. “They are listed here, they want to perform, they want to lead to culture.”

And they can start off working speedily, thanks to the Canada-Ukraine authorization for unexpected emergency journey, which quick-tracks immigration for displaced Ukrainians.

Individuals coming in through the federal program are regarded as non permanent inhabitants, enabling them to get the job done and review in Canada for three years.

“When they clearly show up at the border, they get their perform visa set suitable into their passport and they’re in a position to come right here and operate,” Myrowich said.

“The province has performed a great occupation putting them up in housing, getting their SIN amount, receiving their health care overall health range, currently being ready to take their Ukrainian driver’s licence and transform it into a Manitoba one particular.”

Ukrainian households arrive at the Winnipeg airport in June on a federally chartered flight in Could 2022. (Gary Solilak/CBC)

A person person he connected with was working a few times afterwards.

“It can be that speedy, and that’s the opportunity here for Canadians — we have these people that never have to go by way of the typical immigration process,” Myrowich said.

“I recognized this was a amazing source of people today.”

When other organization proprietors begun to choose observe and ask Myrowich for guidelines, that led to an additional undertaking: Myrowich Staffing Company and the website Use Ukrainian.

And it really is headed up by Yurii Linov, a man Myrowich initially employed for his manufacturing unit. As it turned out, that was mismatched for Linov’s techniques. 

‘Right male in the incorrect seat’

Ahead of arriving in Winnipeg five months ago, Linov had a effective on-line garments organization in Ukraine that was expanding into Europe. But on the war’s 3rd working day, Russian soldiers took over Kherson, a port town of Ukraine, and destroyed Linov’s factory.

“The up coming issue you know he’s in Riverton functioning in my plant and, in conversing to him, I recognized … he was the proper male in the completely wrong seat,” Myrowich claimed.

Linov experienced approached Myrowich about supporting to market and publicize ECBVerdyol products on the internet, but Myrowich had a better strategy.

“I explained to him, rather of selling my stuff on line, why you should not we begin a staffing company? So growth, he became my ideal-hand person in that enterprise and he now operates it,” Myrowich said.

“And he established up a Ukrainian website the place Ukrainians can set in their resumés. Enterprise people can make contact with us and then we can do the matchmaking of receiving the right Ukrainians into the proper seats.”

That option has meant the planet to Linov.

“Quite a few persons from Ukraine now really don’t have positions and I claimed that if we can enable, we have to aid,” he stated, recalling how grateful he was to land that original career from Myrowich.

“When you go to a different nation you will not know nothing. It a incredibly, incredibly good possibility for me and I pretty respect Mark for this — for me and my spouse and children.”

Myrowich now has 40 Ukrainians operating for him — 11 in the staffing agency and 29 in his manufacturing business.

“The persons that are coming in this article, I have identified, are reliable and extremely dependable. One detail I said to lots of of my workers is they have all the rights in the world to complain and they do not — they’re exceptionally grateful,” he mentioned.

Linov has obtained quite a few letters of many thanks from Ukrainians following the agency served them find work.

“It truly is 100 for every cent that I truly feel that when I assist men and women and our personnel and company help these persons, we’re incredibly fired up,” he stated.

He estimates just about 100 persons have been employed through the agency but his sights are set much greater.

“Our intention: 10,000. It is our target,” Linov reported. “I am happy far too that I can do that. I know how it can be critical to assistance, for to start with step in Canada, you know?

“When you have a job you can shell out for flats, you can come across college for children. We realize, our agency, how it is essential for our people.”