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Mentoring program a big help for newcomers in Toronto

 Members of the Toronto Public Service and city residents were recognized recently for their contribution in helping Toronto become the first municipality in the region to surpass 1,000 mentee/mentor matches as part of the annual Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program.

“Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world,” said Councillor Ana Bailão. “The City is breaking down barriers that skilled immigrants face, helping to improve employment opportunities that will support Toronto’s economic and social development success and make a difference in the lives of many newcomers to our great city. Congratulations to everyone who was instrumental in the City achieving this prestigious mentorship award.”

A total of 1,137 skilled immigrants have been mentored by about 500 City staff since the program began in 2004.

 “This program supports several strategic actions recently endorsed by the Executive Committee, such as enhancing the City’s capacity to serve Toronto’s diverse communities,” said City Manager Joe Pennachetti.

The Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program is a collaborative effort with the Mentoring Partnership, a Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council program, and is delivered with 13 community partners who provide employment services and/or bridging programs to skilled immigrants and coach each mentee and mentor. 

“Congratulations to the City of Toronto whose employees have mentored over 1,000 skilled immigrants with the Mentoring Partnership. The City is leading the way in welcoming new immigrants to the region and helping them to establish themselves professionally,” said Margaret Eaton, Executive Director, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

During the program, experienced members of the Toronto Public Service are matched with skilled immigrants from the same occupation for a four-month period. 

Mentors support their mentees in understanding the Canadian context of their profession and workplace culture, sharing information about their industry and occupation, and developing their professional networks and job search strategies. 

For information on City of Toronto services and programs, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Posted: Oct 30, 2013

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