OTTAWA, March 8, 2017 /CNW/ - The dedication of HyLife Foods LP to recruiting and providing opportunities to newcomers to Canada – with more than half of its workforce consisting of immigrants – was highlighted today by the Government of Canada.
The Neepawa, Manitoba business was congratulated today by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen as one of the winners of the 2017 Employer Awards for Newcomer Employment for their exemplary work to help newcomers to Canada find and retain jobs and enhance their employment skills.
Every year through these awards, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recognizes local businesses' innovative efforts to improve the labour market attachment and integration of newcomers across Canada. The winning organizations help reduce the barriers faced by newcomers in entering the labour market and improve their overall settlement in Canada.
Winners were announced at the 2017 Employer Council of Champions Summit, organized by Hire Immigrants Ottawa, which brought together business, government and civic leaders to engage in a dialogue about the effective integration of refugees and immigrants into the labour force, and to celebrate employer excellence.
"I am beyond impressed by the initiative that HyLife Foods LP has taken in ensuring that such a significant portion of its workforce consists of immigrants. Companies like HyLife Foods LP are role models for others and show how important the role of employers is in the lives of newcomers."
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
"HyLife Foods is honoured to accept the Employer Award for Newcomer Employment as nominated by Neepawa Settlement Services. We accept this award on behalf of all of our employees and on behalf of the communities we work in. Being located in rural areas of western Canada we enjoy access to some of the best and brightest Canadians. We also have the opportunity to employ people at all levels from throughout the world. With the help of the Federal government including IRCC and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) as well as Manitoba's Provincial Nominee program and the Settlement Services offices we have the privilege of walking alongside these newcomers as they become permanent residents and citizens. HyLife is excited to be a part of Canada-building as we continue to grow the diversity of our workforce, business, and communities."
– Mr. Jeremy Janzen, Senior Director of Human Resources, HyLife Limited
- IRCC partners with Hire Immigrants Ottawa to recognize private businesses that support the successful labour market integration of newcomers in Canada.
- Winning employers are chosen based on nominations from service provider organizations.
- HyLife Foods LP, a farm-to-fork certified pork processing facility, has a workforce of 1250 people, of which approximately 50 percent are permanent residents or on the path to permanent resident status.
SOURCE Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
For further information: Contacts for media only: Camielle Edwards, Minister's Office, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 613-954-1064; Media Relations: Communications Branch, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 613-952-1650, [email protected]