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St. Michael's Hospital named one of 40 Best Employers for New Canadians

Toronto, March 28, 2011

Best Employers for New Canadians

By Kate Taylor

For the fourth consecutive year, St. Michael's Hospital has been nationally recognized with the prestigious Best Employers for New Canadians award – one of 40 organizations in the country to receive the honour.

"Skilled new Canadians offer valuable expertise and are an integral part of our organization," said John King, chief administrative officer and executive vice-president of the hospital. "St. Michael's Hospital offers targeted resources and programs to these individuals to help ease their transition to a new work environment and empower them to begin a rewarding career in Canada. We feel honoured to receive this recognition."

The competition, which began in 2008, is a partnership between the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and ALLIES. ALLIES is a joint initiative of The Maytree Foundation and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation that promotes successful employment solutions for immigrants and employers across Canada. The Best Employers for New Canadians award honours employers that offer innovative programs that help reduce employment barriers for recent immigrants making the transition to work in Canada.

“Being a new immigrant searching for a job in a Canadian work environment, I had many questions until I came across a program at St. Michael's,” said Rashmi Bhide, a telemedicine assistant at the hospital. “The program gave me insight into why Canadian professionals interact the way they do and what I could do to adapt and succeed here. It helped me integrate and transition into a positive work environment at St. Michael’s.”

St. Michael’s offers many programs to assist new Canadians. For example:

  • Career Bridge: St. Michael's partners with Career Edge Organization to help remove barriers that many immigrants face when they seek employment in Ontario. The purpose of the Career Bridge program is to bridge the gap for newcomers with no Canadian work experience. The program provides internationally educated professionals (IEPs) with an opportunity to gain Canadian work experience in their field.
  • CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses. The CARE Centre helps nurses from other countries gain the knowledge and experience needed to better ensure success when they write the College of Nurses of Ontario examination. St. Michael's was a founding partner and continues to offer a wide range of opportunities to CARE participants. These opportunities include workshops, mentoring, job shadowing, and work-related learning experiences and employment to the centre’s graduates.
  • St. Michael’s Making Connections – Newcomer Volunteer Program: This program is a collaborative effort between St. Michael’s Hospital and the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s (TRIEC). Through the volunteer program, IEPs develop their professional networking skills and gain a better understanding of both business culture and the health-care industry in Canada. The partnership also provides St. Michael’s employees with an opportunity to mentor IEPs not employed at the hospital in occupation-specific mentoring relationships.