The Young Newcomers Internship Program (YNIP) will be expanded to other government depart-ments and agencies so that more immigrants can benefit from it, said Citizenship Immi-gration and Multiculturalism minister Jason Kenney.
“When newcomers succeed, we all succeed,” he said. “YNIP is an excellent example of how we can help refugees and new-comers overcome one of the key barriers to integration by offering them vital Canadian work experience.” In YNIP’s first year, Citizenship and Immi-gration Canada (CIC) offered 12 individuals an initial four-month internship and, where possible, a second four-month internship to maximize their learning opportunity. Twenty interns participated in YNIP’s second year, with placements in Ottawa, Gatineau and other regions across Canada. “The Immigrant Internship Pilot project (IIPP) is another great example of how we can attract and retain internationally-trained workers and help them contribute to Canada’s long-term economic success,” said Diane Finley, minister of Hu-man Resources and Skills Dev-elopment. Twenty-four interns, newcomers in mid-career, par-ticipated in the IIPP. This prog-ram offers work placement opportunities to foreign-trained professionals in fields related to their international training to help them gain Canadian work experience and support their integration into the Canadian labour market.
For more information, visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website, www.cic.gc.ca