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In an ongoing series, The Immigrant Answer, The Globe and Mail is exploring the many facets of immigration in Canada. What it means to be an immigrant; how new legislation affects who Canada welcomes; and what it all means to our economy and society as a whole. Stories about Canadian companies that embrace and provide career opportunities to newcomers will hopefully be an inspiration to others. [1] In a country so heavily based and continuously dependent on immigrants, Canadian businesses that embrace recent immigrants are better able to harness an increased pool of potential qualified employees.

[small_ad_right]Now in its sixth year, Canada’s Best Employers for New Canadians recognizes organizations from the private and public sector that have exceptional programs designed to assist recent immigrants to Canada. [2] Employers entered into the competition are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Provide programs that are designed to help employees who are recent immigrants to Canada.
  2. Company employs initiatives to reduce employment barriers for newcomers such as recognizing foreign educational credentials or experience.
  3. Provide employees assistance with receiving recognition for foreign professional or educational credentials in Canada.
  4. Company offers “onboarding” programs, such as internal coaching or mentoring assistance.
  5. Provides managers and employees with training in cross-cultural issues or inclusiveness to help create a welcoming workplace environment for new immigrants. [3]

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Meirav Even-Har is a Justmeans staff blogger. She reports on Canadian CSR issues. Meirav is an independent sustainability consultant and writer working in Toronto, Canada.

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KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, TELUS, globe and mail, diversity, Newcomer Integration, Immigrants In Workplace, Canada’s Best Employers For New Canadians, BMO Financial Group, Loblaw Companies Limited, Joe Friesen

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