New Canadian immigration program expansion for newcomers

Last week, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced a new program intended to provide new immigrants with ways to get temporary work experience relevant to their occupational fields.

These work placements will be within the Federal government in order to help newcomers have a smoother transition into the Canadian workforce.

“Newcomers are key to building a stronger Canada,” said Minister Kenney, “The Federal Internship for Newcomers program helps immigrants use their skills in the Canadian labour market as they begin their new lives in Canada.”

About 60 interns are expected to participate in the fall intake with recently added fields like science, communication, translation and finance.

Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, said in a press release that, “Our government is committed to helping newcomers succeed. This program is an example of how we are taking action so that newcomers can maximize their talents and contribute to Canada’s long-term economic success.”

The program itself has been in place in previous years through Citizenship and Immigration Canada, but this year the number of interns is doubling and many more government departments are participating like Health Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. The program expansion follows a Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration recommendation, and other departments in addition to the new ones participating have expressed interest in taking on immigrant interns in future years.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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