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Donation from RBC Foundation to Support Youth Employment Services at ACCES Employment

We are pleased to acknowledge the generous donation of the RBC Foundation in support of youth employment services and programs at ACCES Employment. This contribution will help us to continue to support a struggling but important segment of our population - young professionals striving to successfully launch their careers.

We are proud to collaborate with RBC on this important issue. We share a common goal of supporting youth across the GTA, by creating opportunities for them to utilize their skills and passion and become leaders of the future. Working together, ACCES and RBC can make a real difference in improving the 13.3% youth unemployment rate in Toronto (December, 2014)..

GTA Employers Recognized for Integrating Newcomer Skills and Experience into the Workplace

TORONTO, September 30th, 2014 – On Tuesday, September 30th, representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors will attend ACCES Employment’s 28th Annual General Meeting and Walk of Fame Awards Ceremony.  The evening will honour employers from across the GTA who support the integration of newcomers into Canadian workplaces.

Each year, ACCES presents the Walk of Fame awards to employers who have played a key role in supporting the hiring of new Canadians in their organizations, have volunteered as mentors, have contributed their time and expertise to jobseekers, and overall, have found new and innovative ways of ensuring that jobseekers succeed at achieving their career goals in Canada.

Allison Pond, Executive Director, ACCES Employment says “At ACCES, we recognize the importance of working closely with both jobseekers and employers to ensure job retention and success in the workplace.   We have worked with over 1000 companies in the GTA and many of them are small and medium sized enterprises that benefit greatly from the knowledge and experience of new Canadians.  In the course of developing these relationships, we have also realized the importance of engaging employers in the development and design of our programs to ensure their relevance to our labour market.”

Six companies will be presented the Walk of Fame award for their work and collaboration with ACCES, and in particular their support of new Canadians:  CIBC, Miratec Inc., AdvancePro Technologies, Creative Graphic Inc. & Monet Inc., Deloitte, and Par-Pak Ltd.

ACCES Employment Releases Paper on the Importance of Employer Engagement in the Sector 

Recently presented at the national Metropolis Conference (2014) by Allison Pond, Executive Director of ACCES Employment, this paper responds to the increasingly significant discussion about employer engagement in the employment services sector.  Recognizing that employer engagement is a growing priority, this paper shares ACCES Employment’s experience working closely with employers in the Greater Toronto Area to better integrate and find employment for a diverse group of job seekers in Canadian workplaces.

ACCES Employment is a proven example that employers must be involved and connected with employment and training services that are offered to job seekers.  This is vital to the effectiveness of our programs and the results and success that we have been able to achieve.  Too often, service providers operate without real knowledge of workplaces and conversely, employer-targeted initiatives are often developed without direct service delivery experience.  At ACCES Employment, we recognize the importance of building real and mutually-beneficial connections between employers and job seekers.

The paper shares our strategies for ensuring that all employer engagement activities result in success for our job seekers.  To access the paper, please click here.


ACCES Employment is pleased to announce the launch of the World of Difference fundraising campaign. World of Difference is ACCES Employment’s initiative to raise much needed funds to advance the vision of building a fully inclusive labour force that reflects the diversity, skills and experience of Canada’s population.

The campaign will run for four weeks from December 6th to January 2nd

Newcomers arrive in Canada with impressive qualifications. But they need the support of programs that help them to showcase those skills and connect with local employers – ACCES offers that. The World of Difference campaign will assist us with offering new Canadians the opportunity to succeed.

Through the work of this campaign, ACCES Employment will bridge the gap between the realities that newcomers face and successful employment in Canada. Many newcomers to Canada struggle to achieve their number one objective: to obtain meaningful employment.   Over the past year, ACCES Employment helped more than 16,000 individuals through programs and services that meet their employment and training objectives. We know that our programs work – 86% of clients report that they found employment or achieved their training objectives as a result of our services.

For Canada to succeed, we need the skills and talents of immigrants to strengthen our labour market. For immigrants to succeed, they need our support to find employment and begin their new life in Canada. ACCES helps new Canadians to achieve their employment goals, creating a brighter future for them and for all Canadians.

Manjeet Dhiman, Senior Director, Services and Business Development at ACCES Employment notes, “At ACCES, we see daily the benefits that diversity and international talent can bring to Canada’s leading companies. This campaign will help us to expand our services in order to better serve a growing population of qualified new Canadians.”

The World of Difference fund will invest in people, and Canada’s economic, social and cultural wellbeing. It will allow ACCES to invest in new and innovative solutions that ensure new Canadians are successfully employed.

To make a donation or for more information please click here.

ACCES Employment honours employers with Walk of Fame Awards

On Thursday, September 19th, ACCES Employment welcomed funders, community partners, employers, and former clients to our Toronto office for the Annual General Meeting and Awards Celebration. The evening was an opportunity to gather as a community to celebrate the year’s achievements and recognize employers who have played an integral role in the success of new Canadians.

ACCES honoured five organizations as Walk of Fame Employers. These organizations are involved with ACCES in several capacities: as volunteers, mentors, and guest speakers offering expertise to job seekers. ACCES is pleased to recognize the following companies for their new and innovative ways of ensuring that job seekers succeed in achieving their employment goals in Canada:

Accenture Canada*
B2B Bank
Cyclone Manufacturing Inc.
Ontario Real Estate Association
QiiQ Communications Inc./EcoCarrier 

*Accenture Canada was honoured as the inaugural Employer of Distinction. Their contributions included pro-bono projects that helped us to develop our online strategy and programs, support of our Speed Mentoring Marathon event, and support of the IT Connections program through the contribution of volunteer time and guest speakers.  

To learn more about each employer and their contribution to ACCES Employment, please see the 2012-2013 Annual Report: A model that works.

Announcing the 2013 Speed Mentoring Marathon

ACCES is happy to announce the 2013 Speed Mentoring® Marathon. The event will be held on May 16, 2013 at the Toronto Region Board of Trade. The mentoring marathon will bring together 100 mentors from Canada’s leading businesses and 100 new Canadians seeking industry insight and advice.

Speed Mentoring® provides a unique networking opportunity for internationally trained professionals to meet with mentors who can provide valuable advice and sector specific knowledge. The Speed Mentoring® Marathon is a large-scale event that will engage mentors from various sectors including financial services, engineering, human resources, sales and marketing and information technology sectors. Mentees will meet with mentors in the Speed Mentoring® format, followed by an open networking session and reception. We’re looking forward to a wonderful evening of sharing, learning, and networking with mentors, clients, corporate partners and funders.

Experts assemble at ACCES to collaborate on the future of language service delivery

Earlier this year, ACCES Employment welcomed 50 service professionals for the 12th event in the #CdnImm series to collaborate on and discuss the topic of language service delivery. Participants represented a diverse cross-section of professionals from community agencies, government and educational institutions.

The #CdnImm event series evolved from online discussions surrounding the Canadian immigration sector. The aim of this 12th event was to gain knowledge and share best practices on: service coordination of language services for newcomers; identifying and exploring hot topics in newcomer language services; the launch of the Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS).

Event emcee and host, Aimee Holmes, Project Manager for Language for Workplace Connections at ACCES Employment said, “#CdnImm events allow us to see where our objectives align, help break down barriers that keep us in silos, and provide an opportunity to be reflective on our work.”

For a breakdown of the discussions, guest speakers’ presentations, and take-away messages, please read the report, Language Service Experts Highlight Importance of Coordination and Collaboration.


Toronto Star: Awards honour leadership and innovation in hiring immigrants

ACCES Employment would like to extend our congratulations to Dunstan Peter and the entire team at Trinity Tech Inc. for receiving the RBC Immigrant Advantage Award at this year’s TRIEC awards.

Trinity Tech is highly involved with ACCES – hiring clients and supporting the Engineering Connections program through guest speaking and site tours.

Trinity Tech was also recognized on the 2012 Walk of Fame at ACCES Employment’s Annual General Meeting in September 2012.


Globe and Mail: Best employers for new Canadians

The list: employers who support new Canadians and seamlessly integrate newcomers into the organization. ACCES Employment’s partner employers including Business Development Bank of Canada, Health Canada, KPMG LLP, Medtronic of Canada Ltd., and TELUS Corp. are among the employers on this year’s list – congratulations to all.


Globe and Mail: Canada’s best diversity employers for 2013

Every year, the Globe and Mail compiles a comprehensive list of employers with vibrant programs supporting diversity in the workplace. Corus Entertainment Inc. credits ACCES Employment and other community agencies for their diverse team.


A World of Difference

A World of Difference is ACCES’ pilot fundraising campaign to help new Canadians to overcome challenges to finding employment and to achieve success in their careers. The network of supporters that come together through this campaign will advance our vision of building a fully-inclusive community that reflects the diversity, skills and experience of Canada’s population. The campaign will be a concrete step in solidifying support of ACCES and funds raised will contribute to the foundation of financial support for the organization. The campaign will run for four weeks from November 26th to December 21st. To read more about this campaign, please click here.


Mississauga Board of Trade to host Speed Mentoring® with ACCES Employment

ACCES Employment is pleased to partner with Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) to host the GIGANTIC Newcomer Speed Mentoring® event. MBOT will host 100 mentees from local community partner agencies; 100 MBOT members and partners will mentor the newcomers, providing job search tips, career advice, and an opportunity for newcomers to practice their networking skills.

The event is part of MBOT’s ITS (Internationally-trained and Skilled in Mississauga) program. ITS in Mississauga is an employer-focused program delivered by the Mississauga Board of Trade, geared at assisting Mississauga businesses with the employment integration of foreign-trained professionals.

Speed Mentoring® was developed by ACCES Employment to allow new Canadians to meet with professionals in their field in a short, condensed timeframe. Mentors meet one-on-one with mentees for 10 minutes, then a bell rings, and the mentee moves to the next mentor. During this event, mentees will have the opportunity to meet eight mentors and subsequently continue discussions at MBOT’s monthly networking session immediately following.


New immigrant? Meet Small Business

Allison Pond, Executive Director at ACCES, speaks on what ACCES is doing to help small- and medium-sized businesses attract immigrants.


ACCES Employment AGM 2012 – A Night of Celebrations

On Thursday, September 20, employers, clients, staff and community partners gathered to celebrate another year of ACCES’s success in connecting newcomers with Canada’s leading employers.

The Honourable Charles Sousa, Minster of Citizenship and Immigration, spoke on the evening’s themes: innovation, diversity, excellence. Sousa noted, “Our newcomers are some of the most innovative in Ontario…newcomers are an economic advantage.” Many thanks to Michael Wilson of Accenture, Angie Seth, DJ Ef Sharp, and the Bach Children’s Chorus for being a part of this year’s AGM.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2012 Annual General Meeting. It was wonderful to see so many of our partners and supporters in one room.


Article from Mississauga news: $5.5 Million for Training Newcomers

MPP Dipika Damerla (Mississauga-East Cooksville) announces support for bridge training programs at ACCES Mississauga.


National Post Article: Fostering a culture of inclusion

ACCES' Speed Mentoring, IT Connections and Workplace Communications Advantage programs acknowledged by TD Bank in their efforts to reach out to new Canadians.


Toronto Star Article: ACCES Employment helps skilled immigrants find work

ACCES Employment is bridging gaps, offering new Canadians the support to find work in their fields.  It’s vital because as newcomers prosper, so does the city.


United Way Toronto website: Speed Mentoring: Getting in the fast lane to employment

Learn how ACCES Employment’s Speed Mentoring initiative is helping newcomers succeed in the Canadian labour market.