For the sixth year in a row, the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers  have compiled a list of the Canadian companies that offer the best initiatives and programs to assist recent immigrants to Canada. The Best Employers for New Canadians competition, in partnership with ALLIES, a joint initiative of The Maytree Foundation and The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, recognizes employers that offer interesting programs to assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace — and a new life in Canada.

Each employer is evaluated in terms of whether: (1) they offer programs specifically designed to assist employees who are recent immigrants to Canada; (2) they have taken steps to reduce employment barriers for recent immigrants, such as by recognizing foreign educational credentials or experience; (3) they assist new employees with foreign professional or educational credentials in getting these qualifications formally recognized in Canada; (4) they offer “onboarding” programs, such as internal coaching or mentoring, to help new employees who are recent immigrants understand the Canadian workplace; and (5) their managers and employees receive training in cross-cultural issues or inclusiveness to help create a welcoming and productive environment for employees who are recent immigrants. The winners are selected by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. As a partner, ALLIES does not take part in the selection of winners.

2012 Winners:
(in alphabetical order, click for the reasons for selection)

AltaGas Ltd.
BC Hydro
BMO Financial Group
Bombardier Aerospace
Business Development Bank of Canada
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce / CIBC
CH2M HILL Canada Limited
COM DEV International Ltd.
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB)
Ernst & Young LLP
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Loblaw Companies Limited
Manitoba Hydro
McGill University Health Centre, The
Medtronic of Canada Ltd.
Mississauga, City of
Mount Sinai Hospital
New Flyer Industries Canada ULC
Nordion Inc.
NTT Data Canada, Inc., formerly Keane, Inc.
Ontario Public Service
Pitney Bowes of Canada Limited
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Providence Health Care
Provincial Health Services Authority
Royal Bank of Canada
Saskatoon Health Region
St. Michael’s Hospital
TD Bank Group
TELUS Corporation
Tetra Tech WEI Inc.
TransCanada Corporation
University of Ottawa
Vancouver, City of
Xerox Canada Inc.
York, Regional Municipality of

The Best Employers for New Canadians competition is funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program

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