New temporary work opportunities for immigrants in Canada

by Ray Clancy on May 11, 2012

Government expands internship programme to include private sector companies

The Government of Canada is expanding its internship programme for newcomers to include private sector companies, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced.

CGI Group, a provider of information technology and business process services, and CIBC, a Canadian based financial institution, will partner with CIC to hire newcomers through the Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Programme.

Delivered in partnership with regional immigrant serving organizations and hiring departments and agencies, the FIN Programme is a Citizenship and Immigration led initiative that offers newcomers to Canada the opportunity to gain valuable temporary work experience.

‘Lack of Canadian work experience can prevent many newcomers from successfully integrating into the labour market. This programme is an excellent example of the federal government’s leadership role in helping immigrants enter the Canadian workforce,’ said Kenney.

‘We hope these new partnerships serve as a model for other private sector companies who are eager to tap into the strong talent pool of newcomers this program provides,’ he added.

Through the FIN Program, CIC will provide CGI and CIBC access to newcomers who have been screened for employment readiness to fill temporary and permanent positions in their companies.

‘As a global company, we recognize the richness that the diversity of professionals from the FIN program can bring to the company and our clients. CGI gives its professionals the freedom to innovate, to be entrepreneurial, to achieve their full potential and to chart their own career,’ said Alain Brisson, senior vice president, National Capital Region, CGI.

‘At CIBC our workforce needs to continue to mirror the diversity we see within our communities, and we want to recruit the best people,’ said Sharon Wingfelder, vice president, of Diversity and Resourcing.

‘CIBC is proud to partner with the Federal Internship for Newcomers Programme to help immigrants establish a strong new start,’ she added.

The announcement was made at the 2012 FIN graduation ceremony in Ottawa where more than 60 newcomers celebrated the end of their eight month internship with federal government organisations.

Since September 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has provided work placements for more than 130 newcomers in 20 federal departments and agencies.

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