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City of Mississauga Identified as One of Canada's Best Employers for New Canadians

Mar 30, 2011

The City of Mississauga has been identified as one of the nation's best employers for recent immigrants. The 2011 Best Employers for New Canadians special designation recognizes the City for "addressing the practical challenges that new Canadians face when seeking employment."

In a special editorial supplement published in the Globe and Mail, the City was acknowledged for demonstrating commitment to investing in the best talent through participation in mentoring and internship programs aimed at new Canadians. Through the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Mentoring Partnership, City employees are connecting with skilled immigrants to provide career support and guidance in their field of work. The City has also hired interns through Career Bridge - an internship program for internationally qualified professionals – over half of which have gone on to secure permanent employment with the City.

"We are so pleased that our partnerships with agencies like Career Bridge and TRIEC has been recognized in this way," said City Manager and CAO, Janice Baker. "Mississauga has benefited from the arrival of thousands of immigrants and today, almost 50 per cent of our citizens were born in another country. We are working to do our part to give new Canadians relevant work experience and the best possible start in their adopted country."

The 40 winners of this competition were selected by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. Selection was based on each organization's willingness to offer programs specifically designed to assist employees who are recent immigrants; recognize foreign educational credentials and experience; assist new employees in getting qualifications formally recognized in Canada; offer internal coaching or mentoring; and training mangers and employees in cross-cultural issues and/or inclusiveness.

For more information on the Best Employers for New Canadians visit: www.canadastop100.com/immigrants.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money, maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.

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Alexis Fung Fook
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Phone: 905-615-3200
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Email:   alexis.fungfook@mississauga.ca


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