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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.

Partnering with ACCES Employment made a lot of sense for Toronto Pearson. According to Robyn Connelly, Director of Community Relations with the Greater Toronto Airport Authority(GTAA), Toronto Pearson wanted to partner with ACCES because “They are an incredible partner...They are so ahead of the field in employment services and serving new Canadians, and they have a really remarkable diversity of programming.”

With the funding received from Toronto Pearson’s Propeller Project, ACCES has expanded their Speed Mentoring® program by increasing resources to engage more volunteer mentors, more industry leaders in the Peel Region, offering more Speed Mentoring® events to create connections for jobseekers resulting in sustainable and meaningful employment for highly skilled newcomers who may be unemployed or underemployed residing in the GTAA.

“This ongoing partnership is making a real difference in the region,” says Allison Pond, President and CEO of ACCES. “As a collaborative partner with ACCES, Toronto Pearson has helped launch and host a variety of Speed Mentoring® events and we are impressed with how many people from the Toronto Pearson team have participated in the program as mentors. This collaboration is an important and highly visible demonstration of Toronto Pearson’s corporate stewardship of the region and the newcomer population.”

About ACCES Employment

ACCES Employment is a leader in connecting employers with qualified employees from diverse backgrounds. More than 35,000 job seekers are served annually locations across the Greater Toronto Area and virtually and pre-arrival through our online services. As a not-for-profit corporation, ACCES receives funding from all levels of government, corporate sponsors, various supporters and the United Way Greater Toronto. For more information about services and programs at ACCES, please visit www.accesemployment.ca.

About Toronto Pearson

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport. The GTAA’s vision is to make Toronto Pearson the best airport in the world. Towards this objective, the GTAA focuses on ensuring the safety and security of passengers and airport employees, enhancing the passenger experience and supporting the success of its airline partners. Toronto Pearson served more than 50 million passengers in 2019, making it Canada’s largest airport and the second-busiest North American international airport.

The Propeller Project is Toronto Pearson’s community investment program working to invest in community-building initiatives.