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
“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
“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 CafÃ©, 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,
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.
Manager, Corporate Communications
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5052