GTA Employers Offer Syrian Refugees First Job Opportunities in Canada

June 22, 2016

By TRIEC News |

Rami and Nura arrived from Syria in February 2016 and were overjoyed to finally find a permanent home in Toronto in May. “Getting settled” in Toronto as new Canadians meant finding a place to live, setting up bank accounts, signing up for language classes and now, finding jobs. Rami and Nura are looking for work in their fields as skilled professionals in Information Technology and Supply Chain Logistics. In a competitive job market and being new to Canada, they face the challenge of securing a good job and connecting to employers that are hiring.

ACCES Employment, in partnership with the Consortium of Agencies Serving Internationally-Trained Persons (CASIP), Magnet and the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) have organized a forum for employers to promote job opportunities at their companies and to hire skilled Syrian newcomers into their workplaces. “Skilled immigrants and refugees present a great opportunity for our economy and for employers. It’s important for our region and the country to help internationally trained professionals, including Syrian refugees, to get a job that reflects their skills,” says Margaret Eaton, Executive Director, TRIEC.

The job fair will include 17 employers representing the finance, engineering, information technology, sales and marketing, non-profit and public sectors. Participating employers at the forum will potentially offer Syrian refugees and other newcomers their very first job opportunities in Canada. “Engaging employers in the hiring of newcomers is an important initiative that will help ensure the success of new Canadians and the incredible skills that they bring to Canada,” says Allison Pond, President & CEO, ACCES Employment.

“Building the Eglinton Crosstown is about creating new transit but it also about creating new jobs, jobs that benefit the whole community including newcomers to Canada,” said Ron Aitken, Vice-President and Deputy Project Director at Crosslinx Transit Solutions, the consortium that is building the Crosstown. “Through mentoring and recruitment events like the one on June 22, Crosslinx is working with ACCES to connect qualified, experienced professionals who are new to Toronto with good jobs in construction.”

For Rami and Nura who will be attending the job fair, preparation and making the most of the opportunity will be the key to success. “I feel well prepared to meet employers after working with my employment consultant at ACCES Employment”, says Rami, who is motivated to find a job in his field. “I really enjoy my field of work and I can’t wait to get started here in Canada”, says Nura.
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