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St. Michael's Hospital Wins Canada's Best Employer for New Immigrants Award

On February 23, 2008, St. Michael's Hospital was recognized as one of Canada's Best Employers for New Immigrants.

Toronto, February 23, 2008

Best Employers for New Canadians logoOn February 23, 2008, St. Michael's Hospital was recognized as one of Canada's Best Employers for New Immigrants. The award, managed by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers and TRIEC, honours employers that lead their peers in creating workplaces that welcome new Canadians, provide innovative programs to reduce employment barriers and ease the transition to a new workplace and life in Canada.

St. Michael's Hospital is dedicated to treating all with respect, compassion and dignity. The Hospital values each individual and in doing so has emerged as an industry leader in the development and implementation of programs that promote diversity, access and the reduction of workplace barriers for new immigrants. These include:

  1. Internationally Trained Professionals Mentorship Program: Hospital employees volunteer to meet and work with internationally educated professionals to become mentors. From the program, the Hospital published and distributed more than 2,000 copies of a book capturing best practices model — Making Connections: A New Model of Mentoring for Internationally Trained Professionals — to organizations looking to set up a similar program. More than 80 per cent of those mentored have gained full-time employment, further education or a more defined career path.
  2. Career Bridge: An innovative internship program offered in partnership with the provincial government that aims to reduce employment barriers faced by internationally qualified professionals who seek work in the country.
  3. CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses: The program, founded in part by the Hospital, helps nurses from other countries gain the knowledge and experience needed to ensure success when they write their exam at the College of Nurses of Ontario. The Hospital offers a range of opportunities for CARE participants including mentoring, job shadowing and work-related learning experiences and employment to the centre's graduates.

In 2006, the Hospital was honoured for its achievements with an Immigrant Success Influencer Award for our work with internationally educated health-care professionals, assisting them to acclimatize to and integrate into the local, regional and national job markets.