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Employer Engagement Programs

The following innovative programs are helping employers throughout Ontario learn about strategies, tools and resources that will help them hire, integrate and retain internationally trained professionals into their workforce.


A Framework for Integrating Internationally Educated Nurses into the Health Care Workforce

Ontario Hospital Association

Phone: 416-205-1382
E-mail: gshaw@oha.com
Website: www.oha.ca
Location: Toronto

This project is working to enhance the effective integration of internationally educated nurses (IENs) into the health care workforce through the creation, implementation and evaluation of a leading practice guide for hospital employers.

Global Experience @ Work

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Contact: Louie DiPalma, Program Manager
Phone: (416) 482-5222 ext. 227
E-mail: louiedipalma@occ.on.ca
Website: http://globalexperienceatwork.ca/
Location: Toronto

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is working with local chapters to develop and implement strategies, tools and resources for employers, in order to improve hiring and retention practices and successfully integrate internationally trained individuals.

Hire Immigrants Ottawa (HIO)

Hire Immigrants Ottawa helps employers identify and implement strategies to integrate internationally trained individuals into the workplace more effectively.

New Canadians Employment Connections Project

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce

Phone: (519) 576-5000
E-mail: admin@greaterkwchamber.com
Website: www.greaterkwchamber.com/en/
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo

This program connects internationally trained professionals to opportunities that lead to employment. These opportunities include: internships, networking events, employer seminars and partnerships with local Employment Ontario service providers.

Niagara Immigrant Connections Initiative

This program provides formal mentorship-connector relationships for internationally trained professionals in the Niagara region across sectors.

The Employer Campus: Building a Training Infrastructure for Immigrant Integration in the Workplace

This program works with local employers to develop an online Employer Campus that will improve the sharing of best practices for recruiting, hiring and retaining internationally trained individuals..

The Employer Campus will be an online repository of existing employer engagement tools. New tools will be developed for the Employer Campus based on an assessment of needs.

The Mentoring Partnership

This program helps build the professional networks and knowledge of the Canadian labour market for internationally trained individuals. By appropriately matching participants with qualified mentors, this program will have a positive impact on employment outcomes for internationally trained individuals looking for jobs in their field. This program also aims to improve employer attitudes around the hiring and retention of internationally trained individuals, by allowing them the opportunity to engage with internationally trained individuals.