Award given to successful Internship Program
Citizenship and Immigration Canada was presented with the Employer Excellence Award for the Federal Internship for Newcomers program. The program offers new immigrants valuable work experience in Canada by offering temporary work placements within the federal government. The award, which recognizes employers that integrate skilled immigrants, was given to the Canadian government for providing opportunities to newcomers to enter the labour market.
Federal departments, in fields such as policy, project management, administration, research, translation, communication and science, have hired almost 130 interns since 2008. In order to be eligible, the skilled migrants had to either be permanent residents or Canadian citizens who have lived in the country for no more than 10 years and have attained a post-secondary degree.
Council of Ottawa employers presents award
The Employer Excellence Award is presented by the Employer Council of Champions, an organization of Ottawa employers that are focused on providing more work opportunities for skilled migrants. The Council members are made up of a wide variety of employers, from small to large operations in both the private and public sectors.
Immigration Minister praises department for earning award
Jason Kenney, Canada’s Immigration Minister, congratulated the departments for the recognition, and expressed why the program was an important tool for skilled workers.
“For many immigrants a lack of Canadian work experience is a significant hurdle in finding employment. That’s why this program is so exciting. We offer eligible immigrants a chance to work in the federal government and gain valuable Canadian experience. Hopefully that can be a springboard to a successful career in their chosen fields,” Kenny said in a statement.
The award was presented at the Employer Council of Champions Summit, which was attended by senior executives and Human Resources professionals from Ottawa businesses and organizations, as well as civic leaders and the media.