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ACCES Employment Response to Covid-19

Dear ACCES Community and Partners,

During these uncertain times, there is a particular strength in unity. Each day there are new developments in the global pandemic of COVID-19 and there are new responsibilities for all Canadians. We need to do whatever we can to collectively safeguard the wellbeing of our families, our communities and our most vulnerable. This will only work if we all do our part.

For almost 35 years, our mission at ACCES has been clear. We assist people from diverse backgrounds, people who face barriers to employment, and we help them integrate into the Canadian job market and into Canadian society. We are also here for our employers, connecting them to the talent that they need to run their businesses.  We help businesses hire the staff that allow them to step up and contribute, the way many are doing now, during critical times like these.

Right now, ACCES will continue to provide our community with much needed employment services, while at the same time protecting the health of our clients, our front-line employees, and our staff.

Last Friday, ACCES made the difficult decision to close our physical locations until April 5, 2020.  However, we have moved to a remote and online service delivery model so that we can continue to provide critical services to our jobseekers and employers. We are using our digital innovation and virtual technology to offer the following to all of you:

  • All of our phone lines are open:  service, information and connections to counselling services will be communicated through our Virtual Call Centre
  • We will be delivering one-to-one employment counselling sessions online via phone and Zoom meetings
  • We are offering all of our in-person workshops, employer guest speaking sessions and our “Talk English Café” sessions online with facilitators and presenters, our calendar of events is open for registration:  http://accesemployment.ca/online-event-series
  • Jobseekers can access a library of job search resources and videos through our e-ACCES content hub:  http://e-acces.accesemployment.org/
  • We are working with employers to meet their immediate hiring needs and will be announcing online job fairs and hiring events over the next few weeks

We have communicated with our jobseekers, employer partners, corporate donors and sponsors, and our government funders to share these tailored service options during these times.

ACCES is aligned with all Canadians in the struggle to stem the spread of COVID-19 and we are doing our part to care for the health and safety of our clients, our staff and our community while maintaining our commitment to provide quality employment services.

Take good care,

Allison Pond
President & CEO, ACCES Employment

ACCES Brings Specialized Employment Services to Newmarket, Ontario

ACCES has been connecting employers to qualified candidates for over 30 years and we are excited to bring our expertise to the town of Newmarket! As the new Employment Services provider for Newmarket, we not only help jobseekers integrate into the workplace quickly and successfully, we also work directly with employers to facilitate the hiring of top talent and to support retention.

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Collaboration Continues between Toronto Pearson and ACCES

TORONTO; Feb 19, 2020 – In April of 2019, Toronto Pearson and ACCES announced a partnership designed to build the capacity of ACCES Employment’s Speed Mentoring® program to reduce unemployment and underemployment in Peel region and connect 600 skilled new Canadians and young adults to local employers. This work is ongoing and continues, now, into 2020.

Toronto Pearson continues to make investments in the people in their neighbouring communities to ensure they have access to job opportunities that will allow them to realize their potential and create economic opportunities for themselves and their families. Toronto Pearson is a major employer in Peel Region, and in Canada, and they have devoted significant time and resources to understand both current and future workforce needs and to help to address a variety of employment issues.

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Accenture Announces C$1.1 Million Grant to ACCES Employment in Ongoing Commitment to Help Canadian Job Seekers

TORONTO; Jan 9, 2020 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has made a cash and in-kind services grant of more than C$1.1 million to ACCES Employment, a Canadian non-profit that helps connect employers with thousands of qualified workers from diverse backgrounds each year.

ACCES will use the grant to develop an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered bot to improve services for job seekers, many of whom are newcomers to Canada. The digital solution will help skilled newcomers secure jobs that align with their training and experience. Although nearly 300,000 people immigrate to Canada every year, only about 24% of foreign-educated immigrants find work in their professions, according to Statistics Canada.

Using conversational AI, automation and machine learning, the bot will act as a virtual attendant, helping job seekers find the online resources they need, including articles, videos, skills assessments and e-learning modules. With approximately 75% of ACCES clients using self-serve and light-touch services, the bot will also free up time for ACCES employees to deliver other more customized services to job seekers online and in person. 

“At Accenture, we believe in the power of emerging technologies to create solutions that have a positive, lasting impact on people and communities,” said Janet Krstevski, a managing director who leads Accenture’s Talent & Organization practice in Canada. “We are excited about the impact this project will have and are committed to supporting ACCES Employment in its goal to help newcomers build successful careers in Canada.” 

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ACCES Employment Partners with HP LIFE for Online Learning Success

ACCES Employment recently partnered with HP Canada to provide our clients with an opportunity to utilize modules on their HP LIFE platform.

HP LIFE is a global online program providing business and IT skills training free-of-charge to people worldwide; it is a program of the HP Foundation. The courses are modular and interactive, and although they can be completed in a short period of time, they are full of information and practical exercises. The courses are available in 7 languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi and simplified Chinese).

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(November 5, 2019) BMO, United Way and City of Toronto Announce Greater Golden Mile Neighbourhoods are First for Economic Opportunity Program

(October 31, 2019) Starbucks Canada Leads Top Canadian Companies in First-of-its-Kind Refugee Hiring Event with Tent Partnership for Refugees

(October 31, 2019) Toronto Refugee Hiring Event

(October 31, 2019) Toronto Refugee Hiring Event

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(March 6, 2019) Accenture Appoints Piyush Bhatnagar Office Managing Director for Toronto

(February 25, 2019) Markham ACCES Employment Centre bolsters newcomers, immigrants seeking work

(February 22, 2019) ACCES Markham Location Supports Newcomers

(February 7, 2019) IKEA Canada Launches Refugee Employment Program Coast-to-Coast

(January 2, 2019) Clothing store Dress for Success helps women going back to work gain confidence

(December 30, 2018) Revue de l’année 2018 pour la francophonie torontoise

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(September 10, 2018) ACCES Employment bridging programs see internationally trained professionals solve real-world problems for employers

(August 18, 2018) Des francophones valorisés au Marathon Speed Mentoring d’Acces Employment

(August 16, 2018) RBC and ACCES Prepare Immigrants for Employment and Financial Success in Canada

(June 10, 2018) Get dressed for the best – you!

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(June 7, 2018) What happens at a Speed Mentoring event for new Canadians?

(February 21, 2018) Kingston Job Centre Hosts Speed Mentoring en Français

(February 9, 2018) Le Speed Mentoring en français: un bon moyen de trouver um emploi

(January 28, 2018) Underemployed immigrants a waste of potential

(December 5, 2017) Speed Mentoring Marathon – the fast track to mentorship

(November 10, 2017) Des francophones de Hamilton font l’expérience du Speed Mentoring

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(October 23, 2017) Supporting skilled newcomers’ transition into Canada’s workforce

(October 23, 2017) Government of Canada to announce employment support for newcomers

(October 22, 2017) Canadian Immigrant - On the job hunt: land your first job in Canada with these five tips

(June 20, 2017) BDC Internships: Breaking Down the Barriers to Refugee Employment

(June 20, 2017) [Interview] Construction Trades Program: Innovative Partnership for Refugee Employment

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(May 9, 2017) Speed mentoring marathon in Toronto by ACCES Employment

(April 25, 2017) ACCES Employment’s World of Difference campaign raising money for newcomer youth

(February 24, 2017) Spotlight on Success: Nathalie Zapata

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(August 18, 2016) (Cantonese) ACCES Employment Services & Programs, OMNI TV

(August 7, 2016) Online Job Search Centre, Inside Toronto

(June 23, 2016) Premiers Highly Skilled Workforce – Final Report (Gov. of Ontario)

(May 18th, 2016) (Cantonese) 2016 Speed Mentoring Marathon – Virtual Mentoring

(May 18th, 2016) (Mandarin) 2016 Speed Mentoring Marathon – Virtual Mentoring

(May 17, 2016) Du Speed Mentoring® en français pour les nouveaux arrivants, L’Express

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(May 2, 2016) Business owners turn to Syrian refugees to fill job vacancies, Jason Tchir, The Globe and Mail

(March 21, 2016) Employment Summit aims to connect Syrian refugees to jobs, Dave Bennett, Newswire.ca

(March 11, 2016) February unemployment rate hit the highest in three years, OMNI Mandarin (ON)

(March 4, 2016) Canada’s best companies find strength in diversity Diane Jermyn, The Globe and Mail

(January 28, 2016) Accenture gives $1.4M grant to support ACCES Employment and help new Canadians secure jobs, Johnny Zhang, Canadian Immigrant

(June 2015) Newcomers have Places to Go for Support, Fannie Sunshine, Inside Toronto

(May 2015) ACCES' Speed Mentoring Marathon gives Newcomers Connections, Ali Amad, Canadian Immigrant Magazine

(January 2015) Give Smart: ACCES Employment, Katelyn Verstraten, Toronto Star

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