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St. Michael’s Hospital named one of 20 Best Employers for New Canadians

Toronto, April 7, 2009

Hospital is the only health-care centre in the province to earn the award

St. Michael’s Hospital is one of 20 organizations across the country to be recognized with the Best Employers for New Canadians award for 2009. For the second consecutive year, St. Michael’s Hospital, one of the GTA’s top 75 Employers, has been recognized nationally with a prestigious award for reducing barriers for new Canadians making the transition to work life in Canada.

“Skilled newcomers bring a wealth of professional expertise that all too often goes untapped,” said incoming Hospital president and CEO Dr. Bob Howard. “At St. Michael’s Hospital, we offer targeted programs to support skilled immigrants gain the work experience they need to reduce barriers to a rewarding career in Canada and, in turn, make valuable contributions to our organization.”

The Best Employers for New Canadians Award is a competition managed by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers in partnership with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). The award honours employers that offer innovative programs that help newcomers make the transition to work life in Canada, reduce employment barriers and assist recent immigrants with education credentials and language and cultural integration.

"Even though I came from India with more than eight years of medical diagnostics sales experience with reputed multinational companies like Johnson & Johnson, finding my first job in the same profession was my biggest challenge after landing in Canada," said Jogesh Dhir, a former Career Bridge intern now in the vendor administration department at the Hospital. "Starting a one-year internship at St. Michael's not only gave me an opportunity to learn the purchasing process in the Canadian hospital environment, but also the opportunity to apply and showcase my skills. Thanks to that invaluable experience and the support of St. Michael's Hospital, I was offered a job within my department well before my internship was over."

The Hospital offers:

  • An Internationally Trained Professionals Mentorship Program that provides internationally educated professionals with the opportunity to be mentored by Hospital employees. Based on the program, the Hospital has, to date, published and distributed more than 2,000 copies of Making Connections: A New Model of Mentoring for Internationally Trained Professionals. The book is a comprehensive look at best practices for organizations looking to set up a similar program.
  • 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.
  • 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 the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam to become licensed with the College of Nurses of Ontario. The Hospital has worked in partnership with the CARE Centre to offer internationally educated nurses job shadowing and mentorship opportunities and work-related learning experiences. The Hospital is also committed to supporting successful integration of internationally educated nurses once they become employed at St. Michael’s Hospital. Key initiatives include a new hire internship program and a workplace communication workshop specifically designed for these nurses.

“Access to professional development and skill development are vital to help newcomers adapt and integrate into the local, regional and national job markets,” vice-president of human resources Sylvia Halliday said. “At St. Michael’s Hospital, innovative programs promote diversity and access, and inclusive hiring practices help newcomers to the GTA workforce develop the skills they need to gain experience and compete in a new work environment.”

St. Michael’s Hospital is a large and vibrant teaching and research hospital in the heart of Toronto. Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s Hospital leads with innovation, and serves with compassion. Renowned for providing exceptional patient care, St. Michael’s Hospital is a regional trauma centre and downtown Toronto’s designated adult trauma centre.

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

Julie Saccone
Media Relations
St. Michael's Hospital
Tel: 416-864-5047
sacconej@smh.toronto.on.ca