Mentoring program participants recognized for helping skilled newcomers find employment

At a recognition event this evening, City of Toronto leaders and members of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) acknowledged 58 City employees for their commitment to and participation in The Mentoring Partnership, the City’s annual volunteer mentoring program which helps immigrant professionals find employment in their chosen professions. 

The Mentoring Partnership is a win-win for participants: City staff mentors improve leadership and coaching skills, as well as gain insight into newcomer experiences. Internationally trained immigrant mentees learn about expectations of the Canadian workforce, how their profession operates in Canada and job search and networking strategies. 

The program is supported by community partners that provide services, bridging programs and coaching for mentees. More than 75 per cent of the mentees who took part obtained employment in their related field within 12 months of completing the program. 

The City was recognized by TRIEC earlier this week for reaching and surpassing 1,500 mentor-mentee matches through its mentoring program. The City is the largest contributor of mentors to the annual program, with more than 700 City employees participating in it since the City’s partnership with TRIEC in 2004. The Mentoring Partnership supports the City’s commitment to equity and inclusion and is an example of how City employees, many of whom were immigrants, are giving back to the community.

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“The contribution of new immigrants to Toronto is integral to the success and vitality of our city. The City of Toronto is proud to have been a part of the TRIEC Mentoring Partnership program since 2014, helping skilled immigrants find employment. The program supports our commitment to diversity and inclusion and is a way to give back to our community.”

– Josie Scioli, Deputy City Manager, Corporate Services

“With more than 700 employees taking part in the program to date, City staff have a high level of commitment to the program and are enriched by the experience. Staff truly value making a difference in the life of a newcomer.” 

– Omo Akintan, Executive Director, People, Equity and Human Rights

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