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World Refugee Day 2017: A Collaborative Response

Canada’s strong history of welcoming refugees was clearly demonstrated in 2016 with the ambitious and successful strategy to bring Syrian refugees to Canada. Our nation’s response to the global crisis resulted in more than 40,000 Syrian refugees arriving in Canada since November 4, 2015[1]. Here at ACCES, we have always played a role in helping refugees find employment, but in 2016 we faced the need to develop and deliver services tailored to the needs of this new client group.

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GTA Employers Come Together to Offer Employment Opportunities to Newcomer Professionals

Employers from across the GTA stepped forward to show their keen interest in hiring newcomer professionals including Syrian newcomers. These new Canadians are ready to build their professional network, secure meaningful employment and begin their new life in Canada.  On February 15th, 2017 employers and job seekers came together in Mississauga to make these important connections.

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You’re Invited to Attend a Job Fair for Highly Skilled Newcomer Professionals

ACCES Employment, in partnership with CASIP (Consortium of Agencies Serving Internationally-trained Persons) and TRIEC invites you to attend a job fair for highly skilled newcomer professionals, including Syrian newcomers. This is an opportunity for job seekers to meet with local employers from across the Greater Toronto Area who are hiring newcomers.

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Customized Employment Support for Syrian Newcomers

Approximately 35,745 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada since November 4, 2015. Communities across Canada continue to welcome and support Syrians newcomers to ensure their successful settlement and integration. At ACCES Employment, our efforts began with the donations we raised through our 2016 World of Difference campaign. This support allowed us to launch into action and begin serving this group of newcomers in the GTA.

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ACCES Employment’s Empowering Women Program Alumni Event

This year ACCES launched the Empowering Women program, which is designed to assist newcomer women realize their leadership potential through an intensive 1-week program that includes leadership, work-life integration and mentoring. We have built a strong network of experts, educators, employers, sector association representatives, government, and other supporters in order to create highly effective programs that provide our clients with exceptional outcomes and success. A special networking event was held for our Empowering Women program alumni on Tuesday, December 6. This event featured executives from ACCES Employment and our key program supporters in attendance.

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Recent Media Coverage:

(September 22, 2016) (French) Employment Opportunities for Francophone Job Seekers

(August 18, 2016) (Cantonese) ACCES Employment Services & Programs, OMNI TV

(August 7, 2016) Online Job Search Centre, Inside Toronto

(June 23, 2016) Premiers Highly Skilled Workforce – Final Report (Gov. of Ontario)

(May 18th, 2016) (Cantonese) 2016 Speed Mentoring Marathon – Virtual Mentoring

(May 18th, 2016) (Mandarin) 2016 Speed Mentoring Marathon – Virtual Mentoring

(May 17, 2016) Du Speed Mentoring® en français pour les nouveaux arrivants, L’Express

(May 16th, 2016) Speed Mentoring is Back, With New Virtual Speed Mentoring

(May 2, 2016) Business owners turn to Syrian refugees to fill job vacancies, Jason Tchir, The Globe and Mail

(March 21, 2016) Employment Summit aims to connect Syrian refugees to jobs, Dave Bennett, Newswire.ca

(March 11, 2016) February unemployment rate hit the highest in three years, OMNI Mandarin (ON)

(March 4, 2016) Canada’s best companies find strength in diversity Diane Jermyn, The Globe and Mail

(January 28, 2016) Accenture gives $1.4M grant to support ACCES Employment and help new Canadians secure jobs, Johnny Zhang, Canadian Immigrant

(June 2015) Newcomers have Places to Go for Support, Fannie Sunshine, Inside Toronto

(May 2015) ACCES' Speed Mentoring Marathon gives Newcomers Connections, Ali Amad, Canadian Immigrant Magazine

(January 2015) Give Smart: ACCES Employment, Katelyn Verstraten, Toronto Star