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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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Mississauga, City of, Mississauga, Ont. Legislative bodies. 3,983 employees. In association with the Dufferin Peel Adult Learning Centre, hires new Canadians for an unpaid eight-week term and has offered some participants permanent positions within the city.

Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto. General medical and surgical hospitals. 2,302 employees. Supports the Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (CARE4Nurses) project, a program to help nurses bridge international education and experience and prepare them for practise within Ontario.

National Bank Financial Group, Montreal. Commercial banking. 15,009 employees. In partnership with ALLIES Montreal, participated in a pilot mentoring program with employees acting as mentors to help the integration of new Canadian employees.

New Flyer Industries Ltd., Winnipeg. Heavy duty truck manufacturing. 1,238 employees. Provides work placement opportunities for students enrolled in the Employment Solutions for Immigrant Youth program. The government agency has placed 140 students within the company and 90 of them have been hired into term and permanent positions.

Nordion Inc., Kanata, Ont. 485 employees. Electromedical and electrotherapeutic apparatus manufacturing. 485 employees. Is part of the Ottawa and Vancouver Multicultural Achievement Program for Learning Employers, an organization dedicated to creating employment opportunities for newcomers. Nordion participates in their 12-week internship program that includes cross-cultural training, mentorship and on-the-job training.

NTT Data Canada Inc., Halifax. Computer systems design services. 620 employees. Forwards vacancies to Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services and utilizes resources offered by the organization such as free English-as-a-second-language training.

Ontario Public Service, Toronto. General government support. 62,441 employees. Launched the Ontario Public Service Program for Internationally-Trained Engineers, which provides work placements of 12 to 15 months to help internationally trained engineers meet Canadian licensing requirements.

Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver. Medical and surgical hospitals. 7,320 employees. Partners with Skills Connect to help new Canadian job seekers access employment opportunities.

Pythian Group Inc., Ottawa. Computer systems design services. 136 employees. Is a member of Hire Immigrant Ottawa’s working group and has organized and played host to coaching and networking events for internationally trained professionals in the IT industry.

Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto. Commercial banking. 52,815 employees. In partnership with Career Bridge, offers newcomers paid internship opportunities to help them gain work experience. Maintains an employee resource group for visible minorities and new Canadian employees called MOSAIC.

Saskatoon Regional Health Authority, Saskatoon. Medical and surgical hospitals. 6,379 employees. In collaboration with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and Health Canada, developed a five-year strategy to promote the retention of current and future Internationally Educated Health Care Professionals.

SaskPower, Regina. Hydroelectric power generation. 2,769 employees. Works with the Saskatchewan and Regina Open Door Society to provide work placement opportunities to help newcomers gain Canadian experience.

Shaw Communications Inc., Calgary. Cable and other program distribution. 12,666 employees. Works with community organizations to support the employment efforts of new Canadian job seekers including YWCA, Women in Film and Television and Calgary Immigrant Services.

St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. Medical and surgical hospitals. 3,469 employees. Manages a dedicated website for the recruitment of Internationally Educated Professionals and forwards vacancies to a variety of multicultural media outlets.

Toronto-Dominion Bank, Toronto. Commercial banking. 43,850 employees. Recently participated in a conference for internationally educated professionals and also forwards vacancies to Equitek, which connects the bank to a variety of diversity agencies and schools including Career Bridge, Microskills, Costi and Skills for Change.

TELUS Corp., Vancouver. Wired telecommunications carriers. 24,443 employees. Has worked with community organizations such as Skills for Change, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, ISS BC, ACCES Employment and Prospect Calgary, which has resulted in participation at a number of events including speed networking sessions, career fairs, webinars and lunch-and-learn sessions to support the employment efforts of new Canadian job seekers.

TransCanada Corp., Calgary. Natural gas distribution. 2,605 employees. Participated in the Calgary Region Immigrant Council’s mentoring collaborative program, with employees acting as mentors for newcomers.

University of Ottawa, Ottawa. Colleges, universities and professional schools. 3,008 employees. In 2008 launched “Access UOttawa” in partnership with Hire Immigrants Ottawa. The initiative provides new Canadian job seekers and other equity group applicants with temporary administrative roles until suitable full-time positions become available.

Vancouver, City of, Vancouver. Legislative bodies. 6,898 employees. In 2010, embarked on the creation of a pilot mentorship project with the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia, SUCCESS, MOSAIC and ISSofBC.

Xerox Canada Ltd., Toronto. Computer peripheral equipment manufacturing. 3,588 employees. Participates in Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s mentoring partnership program and provides job seekers who are new to Canada with one-on-one time with a Xerox employee.

York, Regional Municipality of, Newmarket, Ont. Legislative bodies. 2,759 employees. Created York Region Immigration Portal, a website to provide resources, such as settlement and employment information, to newcomers.

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