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St. Michael’s earns Best Employers for New Canadians award for 2013

Toronto, April 24, 2013

St. Michaels Hospital employees
The hospital was one of 40 organizations recently named to the award by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

St. Michael's Hospital is one of Canada’s best employers for new Canadians for the sixth year running.

The award honours employers offering innovative programs that help newcomers make the transition to work life in Canada. Employers are evaluated on programming to assist recent immigrants, steps taken to reduce employment barriers, on boarding programs and cultural sensitivity training.

The hospital offers many programs to assist new Canadians, including:

  • Career Bridge: St. Michael's partners with Career Edge Organization 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 workshops, mentoring, job shadowing, and work-related learning experiences and employment to the centre’s graduates.
  • St. Michael’s Making Connections – Newcomer Volunteer Program: A collaborative effort between St. Michael’s Hospital and the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s (TRIEC), the program helps 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. To learn more about the award visit
  • Internationally Educated Professionals Integration and Transition Certificate Program: The development program for existing staff, which features workshops and e-learning modules, helps internationally educated professionals gain a better understanding of the organization’s culture, the Canadian health-care environment and networking and relationship building.

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in more than 23 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, and care of the homeless are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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