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TD and ACCES Collaborate to Create Success
August 5, 2020

Innovative and committed partners help ACCES create momentum and success in the lives of newcomers. Through generous support, contributions to programs and services, volunteering and mentoring, and the recruitment of newcomer talent, ACCES and TD have contributed to the success of thousands of newcomers as they start their lives in Canada.

By working together, ACCES and TD are making a difference in the lives of newcomer jobseekers in a variety of innovative and targeted ways. With TD’s support, ACCES has been able to address greater income stability for newcomers through future-skills development, much-needed STEM training for underrepresented groups, reducing and removing the barriers facing women jobseekers and helping to curb unemployment and underemployment among internationally trained professionals new to Canada. Specifically, TD’s recent support and sponsorship has enhanced ACCES’s Women in Technology, Empowering Women, Cybersecurity Connections and Talk English Café programming. The collaboration also created an innovative workshop series introducing refugees to TD’s own control functions and compliancy training.

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Canadian Businesses Help ACCES Serve its Communities during the Pandemic
July 2020

During these difficult times, as Canadians are faced with the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been encouraging stories about individuals and organizations contributing their time and resources to help others in need.

ACCES is proud of the work we continue to do to serve diverse and vulnerable communities, but we are not alone in this mission. Recently, some excellent Canadian businesses have helped us and we would like to honour and acknowledge their efforts.

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IBM launches free, open digital learning platform ‘SkillsBuild Reignite’ to help Canadian job seekers and business owners get back to work

July 7, 2020

IBM and TD Bank Group also support non-profit ACCES Employment on SkillsBuild to deliver custom courses, projects, and personalized coaching to over 35,000 Canadians looking to re-skill

Toronto, CANADA – Today, IBM, (NYSE: IBM) and non-profit organization ACCES Employment launch a collaboration using the SkillsBuild platform, making custom courses, projects, and personalized coaching available to over 35,000 Canadians looking to re-skill and get new jobs. TD Bank Group, via its global corporate citizenship, the TD Ready Commitment, is lending additional support to this collaboration to fund programs that help women and newcomer IT professionals find career success in Canada.

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IKEA Canada and ACCES Employment Rally to Help Refugees During COVID Crisis

May 12, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis in Canada, we have heard many stories of Canadians rallying to help the most vulnerable in our society get through these difficult times. Canada’s refugee population is facing particular challenges during this pandemic. Refugees are fleeing their home countries because of war, trauma, political instability, and any number of difficult circumstances and looking for a better life in Canada. Many of them are dealing with housing, food, and financial crises and finding employment can be difficult, especially now.

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ACCES Employment Response to Covid-19

Updated April 2, 2020

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.

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Recent Media Coverage:

(February 3, 2020) Bridging the Talent Gap, tapping into a North Carolina experiment

(February 1, 2020) Healthcare Connections program alumni Hardik Patel achieves success

(January 20, 2020) TD recognized as one of Canada's best diversity employer, ACCES mentioned under TDs recruitment initiative

(January 16, 2020) Accenture gives $1.1 Million grant to ACCES employment to help newcomers

(December 12, 2019)) There Was a Women in Technology Event Last Month

(December 10, 2019) Hoy se realizará gran feria de empleo para refugiados en Toronto

(December 9, 2019) There's a refugee hiring event happening outside of Toronto this week

(December 6, 2019) Media Inquiry Scarborough Location regarding Unemployment Rate

(November 16, 2019) Newcomers receive relief in their struggle to find work

(November 13, 2019) Refugees Coming To Canada Want To Contribute, Toronto Job Fair Shows

(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

(October 31, 2019) Job fair specifically for refugees gives hope to those having trouble finding work

(June 7, 2019) WES Pilot Program for Refugees. ACCES referred clients to pilot program.

(April 11, 2019) Speed Mentoring program partnership with GTAA and ACCES Employment in Brampton

(March 7, 2019) Rede de agências ajuda a achar trabalho antes da chegada ao Canadá

(April 10, 2019) Toronto Pearson and ACCES Employment Announce $100,000 Partnership to Connect Hundreds of Skilled Newcomers to Local Employers

(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

(October 24, 2018) TD propels 10 innovative solutions designed to prepare workers for an inclusive future

(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!

(June 8, 2018) Des francophones valorisés au Marathon Speed Mentoring d'Acces Employment

(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

(November 3, 2017) Apprivoiser le marché du travail canadien une rencontre à la fois

(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

(June 7, 2017) Newcomer Job Fair hosted by ACCES Employment with TRIEC

(May 30, 2017) Toronto Career, Education and Settlement Immigrant Fair

(May 23, 2017) ACCES Employment Deploys Vlocity to Digitize and Accelerate Immigrant Hiring

(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

(January 26, 2017) Spotlight on Success: Imane Sahir—Career Opportunities for a French-Speaking Newcomer in Canada

(January 4, 2017) How to Share Your Ideas in the Workplace

(October 6, 2016) Spotlight on Success: Hung Le—Showcasing Transferable Skills for Canadian Employment

(September 22, 2016) (French) Employment Opportunities for Francophone Job Seekers

(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

(May 16th, 2016) Speed Mentoring is Back, With New Virtual Speed Mentoring

(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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