This week, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that the Young Newcomers Internship Program would be expanded to work with other agencies and departments of the government.
“The Young Newcomers Internship Program is an excellent example of how we can help refugees and newcomers overcome one of the key barriers to integration by offering them vital Canadian work experience,” said Kenney in a press release.
The program gives young new Canadians one to two four-month internships.
“When newcomers succeed, we all succeed,” he said.
The program began in 2008 with 12 newcomers receiving internships in the first year. It was so successful that by mid-2009, the pilot program was made permanent. In the second year, the program placed 20 newcomers from countries like Ethiopia and Afghanistan in positions across Canada.
Other ares where the program is considering being expanded to include the World University Service of Canada and LASI World Skills and Hire Immigrants Ottawa.
In 2009, Citizenship and Immigration Canada received the Michelle C. Comeau Human Resources Leadership award for demonstrating innovation by creating the program.
The Young Newcomers Internship Program is an extension of the Immigrant Internship Pilot project, which placed 24 interns who were at the mid-point of their careers through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
“The Immigrant Internship Pilot project is another great example of how we can attract and retain internationally-trained workers and help them contribute to Canada’s long-term economic success,” said the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, Diane Finley.
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