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City of Mississauga Integrates New Canadians Into the Workforce

Sep 18, 2007

Over the last couple of years, the City of Mississauga has been integrating new Canadians into the workforce through innovative training programs and community partnerships. The City participates in four programs to assist new immigrants with their search for employment in the workplace.

“As an employer of choice, and as one of the largest employers in the City, we see it as our role to assist new residents seeking employment within the community”, said Commissioner of Corporate Services and Treasurer Brenda Breault.

Breault explained the City’s participation is coordinated through the City’s Human Resources Division.  The largest of these programs is the Career Bridge Intern Program supported by Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).  The City provides funding for four, four-month, intern placements each year within departments that have opportunities available.

“It costs the City $50,000 to fund the Career Bridge program,” says Director of Human Resources, Eric Draycott.  “But the value of the work carried out and services provided by the skilled interns and volunteers well exceeds this cost. We have had great success with the programs; three out of five interns in the 2006 program have secured more permanent work within our corporation.”

Other programs the City participates in include:

  • The Mentoring Partnership in Peel - an alliance of community agencies, TRIEC recruits experienced professionals to mentor internationally-educated professionals. The City has registered 10 employees as mentors.
  • The Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES) Program – a service connecting employers with well-trained, highly skilled candidates. The City also participates in ACCES programs including Engineering Connections, Talk English Café, and Skills without Borders Conference.
  • Volunteer Placement Program – a Dufferin-Peel Adult Learning Centre program for skilled immigrants. The City has provided 11 volunteers with co-operative training for eight full weeks.

For more information on the City’s participation in internships and mentoring programs for new immigrants, please contact Director, Human Resources, Eric Draycott at 905-615-3200, ext. 5024.                                                       

Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city with a population of more than 700,000. With well-established infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities, the City is considered to be an employer of choice, delivering quality municipal programs and services to its citizens. Mississauga is a dynamic, diverse and progressive municipality, known for its economic strength and for being Canada’s safest city.

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Media Contact:
Sonja Banic
Manager, Corporate Communications
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5052
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   sonja.banic@mississauga.ca


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