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Three Community Leaders Receive Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment

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Three Community Leaders Receive Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment

Supporting a Diverse Workforce in Ontario

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is recognizing three remarkable citizens and organizations with the Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment.

The award acknowledges employers and organizations that champion workplace diversity; show leadership in recruiting and mentoring immigrants; or demonstrate the positive impacts of hiring immigrants. The award also recognizes immigrants who are entrepreneurs and create jobs in the province.

The recipients are:

  • Tony Bailetti, for his work mentoring and supporting immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Ontario Human Rights Commission, for its leadership in removing the "Canadian experience" barrier for immigrants seeking employment or professional accreditation
  • Scotiabank - Ottawa, for championing immigrant employment in the financial sector.

The province is also launching the Champion of Diversity Award, which will replace the Ontario Award for Leadership in Immigrant Employment and the Ontario Newcomer Champion Award. This program will recognize:

  • Individuals who embrace inclusion, celebrate Ontario's rich diversity, and help ensure that immigrants and refugees are welcomed, valued and gain equal, adequate and universal access to social services
  • Individuals who preserve the legacy and tradition of an ethnic group's cultural heritage and promote cross-cultural understanding
  • Employers who increase the proportion of economic immigrants to Ontario and maximize the benefits of a globally connected economy.

Celebrating outstanding individuals and employers who promote a welcoming and diverse society is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Newcomers to Ontario come from more than 200 countries and speak over 250 different languages and dialects.

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Michael Chan

“Ontario is recognized as a great place for immigrants to settle because of the efforts of people and organizations like those being recognized today. Their outstanding contributions have made a real difference in the lives of newcomers and their families, and will have a lasting effect for years to come.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade

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