Award shines light on employers that integrate immigrants

Mentoring new Canadians a favourite among winners
By Uyen Vu
|CHRR, Report on Recruitment & Staffing|Last Updated: 05/21/2006

In such a diverse environment as the Greater Toronto Area, where multitudes of languages, ethnicities, experiences and histories greet one at every turn, employers may not need much convincing to recognize the benefits of tapping into the wealth of energy, perspectives and skills newcomers have.

Even so, they may flounder when it comes to knowing how. How to conduct job interviews that are thorough and probing yet not culturally judgmental? How to create the work environment that gives recruits from all over the world a sense they belong?

It was with the aim of fostering a healthy exchange of inclusive workplace practices that the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) set up the website hireimmigrants.ca last year. The Immigrant Success Awards — for which the first set of winners were announced this month — had similar objectives. It’s designed to highlight employers that have come up with immigrant integration practices others can learn from.