An internship program that gives newcomers valuable Canadian work experience has earned Citizenship and Immigration Canada an Employer Excellence Award.
Since 2008, close to 130 skilled immigrants have been placed in federal departments in fields such as policy, research, project management, administration, translation, communication and science, based on their skills and the needs of hiring managers.
To be eligible, interns must be permanent residents or Canadian citizens who have been in Canada for less than 10 years and possess a post-secondary degree.
Madut Majok, a graduate from the program in 2010, provided the following thoughts: “Through this opportunity I gained invaluable experience working with a very competent and dynamic policy group at CIC.”
Some 11 federal departments and agencies are now involved in the program. Next year, interns will be placed in jobs in the National Capital Region, as well as other regions beginning with Toronto and Vancouver, tapping into local immigrant talent in those locations. The program currently partners with World University Services Canada (WUSC) Student Refugee Program, and through Local Agencies Serving Immigrants (LASI).
The award was given by the Employer Council of Champions, an organization made up of employers that have committed to enhancing the utilization of skilled immigrants in Ottawa.
Members of the Council represent a wide variety of employers, ranging from small to large operations in both the private and public sectors.
The Employer Excellence Awards highlights the important work of employers in improving the integration of immigrants’ talents in Ottawa’s labour market.