GTA Employers Come Together to Offer Employment Opportunities to Newcomer Professionals
Employers from across the GTA stepped forward to show their keen interest in hiring newcomer professionals including Syrian newcomers. These new Canadians are ready to build their professional network, secure meaningful employment and begin their new life in Canada. On February 15th, 2017 employers and job seekers came together in Mississauga to make these important connections.
ACCES Employment, along with CASIP (Consortium of Agencies Serving Internationally-Trained Persons), TRIEC (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council) and Magnet are working collaboratively to support all newcomers in finding employment in the GTA. The Job Fair for Skilled Newcomer Professionals was funded by the Ontario Government with generous support from our lead sponsor Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) Propeller Project and additional sponsorship from Immigrant Access Fund (IAF).
"With approximately 50,000 people working at Toronto Pearson, we understand the importance of equal opportunity and access to meaningful employment. We also know that inclusion of new Canadians and those with diverse backgrounds strengthens our communities and adds to the vitality of our neighbourhoods and the business that operate within them. Through our community investment program, the Propeller Project, we aim to increase access to local employment opportunities and are proud to be partnering with ACCES Employment for this meaningful event." – Alicia Rose, Manager Community Investment Programs, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
‘As a leader in the employment sector, ACCES Employment welcomes newcomers from all over the world and helps them to integrate into the Canadian job market. As thousands of Syrian Refugees have arrived and continue to arrive in Canada, ACCES has been very active in influencing and supporting initiatives across the GTA to help make these new Canadians feel at home and become an integral part of our communities.' – Allison Pond, President and CEO, ACCES Employment
The job fair welcomed over 400 new Canadians and over 40 employers that were hiring for a multitude of positions and representing different sectors including finance, engineering, information technology, sales and marketing, non-profit and public sectors.
We are grateful to RBC Royal Bank and TD Financial Group for supporting preparation sessions for the job seekers. Together the two financial institutions volunteered to coach more than 150 of the job seekers; including resume review, mock interviews and networking tips. This gave the clients an incredible boost when they met employers at the event.
About Toronto Pearson
Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto Pearson is focused on becoming the best airport in the world; enhancing the passenger experience, safety, security, supports the success of our airline partners. With more than 44 million passengers in 2016, Toronto Pearson is Canada’s largest airport and second busiest North American international airport. The area around Toronto Pearson is the second-largest employment zone in Canada; it facilitates more than 6 per cent of Ontario’s GDP and directly employs over 49,000 people. Toronto Pearson believes being a good neighbour means investing in local communities. It is proud to support local community initiatives through its community investment program, The Propeller Project.
About Immigration Access Fund (IAF)
Immigration Access Fund is a national charity dedicated to helping skilled immigrants, including refugees, succeed in Canada’s labour market. IAF achieves this by providing micro loans of up to $10,000 for the costs of the licensing/training newcomers need to work in their field in Canada. IAF has seen tremendous growth, lending over $16 million to 2,500 immigrants since 2005. Over 75% of IAF’s borrowers who complete their licensing/training plan report being employed in their field at a job matching their skills and education. An independent study showed the IAF program acts as an economic stimulant, with a return on investment for Canada of at least 900%. Visit iafcanada.org to learn more.
Magnet is a new network powered by data-rich, job-matching technology that connects job seekers with employers based upon skills, preferences and talent needs. The network is also a unique source of real-time labour market information for decision makers and community planners. Magnet's goal is to address unemployment and underemployment specifically as it relates to youth, new immigrants, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and other individuals facing barriers to employment.
CASIP is a consortium of independent, community-based agencies and colleges which have been collaborating since 1998 to drive innovation, advocacy and excellence in employment services for skilled immigrants and employers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). For more information, please visit casip.ca.
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) brings leaders together who are committed to helping immigrants and employers succeed. TRIEC helps employers make the most of the Greater Toronto Area’s culturally diverse workforce while helping immigrants connect to employment that fully leverages their skills and talents. For more information visit triec.ca.
About Hire Immigrants
Hire Immigrants was founded in 2007 to provide businesses worldwide with the tools and resources they need to better recruit, retain and promote immigrants, profiling good examples and innovative practices from employers around the globe. Hire Immigrants also provides immigrant entrepreneurs with advice and links to the leading supports available, and provides policy makers, researchers and community groups with analysis and leading thinking on immigrant employment and entrepreneurship.
About ACCES Employment
ACCES Employment is a leader in connecting employers with qualified employees from diverse backgrounds. More than 20,000 job seekers are served annually at five locations across the Greater Toronto Area. As a not-for-profit organization, ACCES receives funding from all levels of government, corporate sponsors, various supporters and the United Way Toronto and York Region. For more information about services and programs at ACCES, please visit accesemployment.ca