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Medtronic of Canada Ltd. develops medical devices and provides services for people suffering chronic illnesses. The Brampton, Ont., firm works with several community organizations to connect with new Canadians. (Medtronic of Canada Ltd.)
Medtronic of Canada Ltd. develops medical devices and provides services for people suffering chronic illnesses. The Brampton, Ont., firm works with several community organizations to connect with new Canadians. (Medtronic of Canada Ltd.)

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AltaGas Ltd., Calgary. Natural gas distribution. 530 employees. Participates in Immigrant Services Calgary’s Integrated Women’s Mentorship Program and pairs work placement students with employees who offer support and guidance.

Assiniboine Credit Union Ltd., Winnipeg. Credit unions. 457 employees. Participates in the Immigration Integration program. Created in 2004, the program includes four weeks of paid pre-training on credit union practices, work culture and communication, followed by a 12-week paid work experience at one of the credit unions. Participants who successfully complete the program are offered permanent employment.

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BC Hydro, Vancouver. Hydroelectric power generation. 5,735 employees. Maintains an in-house multicultural society. Encourages managers to hire skilled newcomers at junior-level positions and provide them with a defined career advancement plan.

Bell Aliant Inc., Halifax. Wired telecommunication carriers. 7,000 employees. Partners with Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services to help newcomers expand their knowledge of Canadian hiring practices, provides training on résumé writing and interview skills.

Business Development Bank of Canada, Montreal. Banking. 1,958 employees. Offices work with local community agencies across Canada, such as ACCES Employment in Toronto and the Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council, connecting new Canadians to vacancies in their communities.

Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc., Kitchener, Ont. Audio and video equipment manufacturing. 688 employees. Recognizes foreign credentials and hires newcomers based on relevant industry experiences. Also covers the costs of having credentials formally recognized in Canada.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Toronto. Commercial banking. 33,965 employees. Participated in a pilot program organized by Algonquin College to help internationally trained professionals bridge their finance credentials. The bank played host to students for the internship portion of the program.

COM DEV Ltd., Cambridge, Ont. Search, detection, navigation, guidance, aeronautical and nautical system and instrument manufacturing. 960 employees. Participates in mentoring programs offered by the Local Immigration Partnership Council and YMCA to help newcomers understand Canadian culture.

Dalhousie University, Halifax. Colleges, universities and professional schools. 3,328 employees. Provides training to managers on hiring new Canadians. Offers practice interviews for new Canadian job seekers on campus and also conducts informational interviews to match applicants with prospective employment opportunities.

Deloitte & Touche LLP, Toronto. Certified public accountants. 8,992 employees. Has participated in the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Mentoring Partnership program since 2005 with hundreds of employees serving as mentors to new Canadian job seekers. Employees act as mentors for a four-month period.

Ernst & Young LLP, Toronto. Certified public accountants. 4,427 employees. Supports York University’s Internationally Educated Professional bridging program. Offers an in-house Chartered Accountant Reciprocity Exam program to assist employees with foreign credential recognition.

Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Toronto. Lawyers. 1,437 employees. Sponsors the University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s Internationally-Trained Lawyers program, which supports foreign-trained lawyers during the Canadian certification process and provides them with resources such as placement opportunities, employment counselling and language referrals.

Health Canada, Ottawa. Administration of public health programs. 10,615 employees. Participates in the federal Internship for Newcomers program, organized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. CIC works with a variety of local community organizations such as ACCES and MicroSkills to screen new Canadian job seekers for employment, after which eligible candidates apply for positions based on the needs of participating departments. In 2011, Health Canada hired eight interns as a result of the program and matched each with a mentor.

Home Depot Canada, Toronto. Hardware stores. 13,580 employees. Stores partner with local community organization such as COSTI, the New Canadians Centre, Employment Projects of Winnipeg, Employment Solutions of Immigrant Youth, Saskatchewan Open Door Society and Immigration Works to support the employment efforts of new Canadians.

Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Toronto. Colleges, universities and professional schools. 1,355 employees. Is a member of the Consortium of Agencies Serving Internationally-Trained Persons, a group of community-based agencies and colleges that provide employment and training services to internationally trained job seekers.

KPMG LLP, Toronto. Certified public accountants. 5,778 employees. Is working to further partner with the Consortium of Agencies Serving Internationally-Trained Professionals to match new Canadians with opportunities within the firm’s client administration group. Has also built additional partnerships with Skills for Change, ACCES, MicroSkills & Social Capital Partners.

Loblaw Cos. Ltd., Brampton, Ont. Supermarkets. 29,725 employees. In partnership with the University of Toronto, offers international pharmacy students internships for a period of four months while they complete their course. Once students are fully licensed, they are offered permanent positions.

Manitoba Hydro, Winnipeg. Hydroelectric power generation. 5,980 employees. Participates in the University of Manitoba’s Internationally Educated Engineers Qualifications Program, which helps internally educated engineers become accredited in Manitoba. Manitoba Hydro provides funding for the program, bursaries for students and has hired students from the program.

Medtronic of Canada Ltd., Brampton, Ont. Electromedical and electrotherapeutic apparatus manufacturing. 437 employees. Works with community organizations including ACCES Employment, the Newcomer Centre of Peel and the Dufferin-Peel Adult Learning Centre to connect with new Canadians.

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