JBS Food Canada recognized for their work with newcomers to Canada

OTTAWA, March 8, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is recognizing JBS Food Canada for going above and beyond in hiring immigrants and refugees and facilitating their integration into the workplace and Canadian society by connecting them with community resources.

The Southern Alberta 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.


"It is encouraging to hear about how JBS Food Canada has implemented a number of measures to ensure that newcomer employees feel welcomed, are able to work safely, and have every opportunity to successfully settle and integrate into Canadian society and their new community. By recruiting immigrants and offering them meaningful employment, Canadian employers like this one go above and beyond to create a welcoming environment where newcomers, their families and local communities can thrive."

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

"At JBS Food Canada, our people make our business possible and we take pride in being able to provide opportunities that make a real difference in the lives of the diverse members of our dedicated team. We are humbled by this recognition and thank IRCC for their efforts to help newcomers who are eager to contribute to the growth and success of our country."

David Colwell, JBS Food Canada CEO

Quick facts -

  • 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.
  • JBS Food Canada, one of Canada's largest beef processors, hires immigrants and refugees for a broad range of positions within their facility, helping their integration into both the JBS workforce and the local community

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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, CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca


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