City of Toronto the first GTA municipality to surpass 1,000 matches in program mentoring recent immigrants

TORONTO, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Members of the Toronto Public Service and Toronto residents were recognized this evening for their contribution in helping the City of Toronto become the first municipality in the Greater Toronto Area to surpass 1,000 mentee/mentor matches as part of the annual Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program.

"Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world," said City Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport). "The City is breaking down barriers that skilled immigrants face, helping to improve employment opportunities that will support Toronto's economic and social development success and make a difference in the lives of many newcomers to our great city. Congratulations to everyone who was instrumental in the City achieving this prestigious mentorship award."

A total of 1,137 skilled immigrants have been mentored by about 500 City staff since the program began in 2004.

"I want to thank members of the Toronto Public Service for their dedication and commitment to this important program and for reaching this milestone," said City Manager Joe Pennachetti. "This program supports several strategic actions recently endorsed by Executive Committee, such as enhancing the City's capacity to serve Toronto's diverse communities."

The Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program is a collaborative effort with the Mentoring Partnership, a Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council program, and delivered with 13 community partners. The community partners provide employment services and/or bridging programs to skilled immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area, and coach each mentee and mentor throughout their partnership.

"Congratulations to the City of Toronto whose employees have mentored over 1,000 skilled immigrants with the Mentoring Partnership. The City is leading the way in welcoming new immigrants to the region and helping them to establish themselves professionally," said Margaret Eaton, Executive Director, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

During the program, experienced members of the Toronto Public Service are matched with skilled immigrants from the same occupation for a four month period. Mentors support their mentee in understanding the Canadian context of their profession and workplace culture, sharing information about their industry and occupation, and developing their professional networks and job search strategies.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SOURCE: City of Toronto

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Media contact: Juanita Christmas, Strategic Communications, 416-392-7346, jchrist@toronto.ca


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