TORONTO, ON, April 7, 2011 - The Globe and Mail has named Xerox Canada as one of the Best Employers for New Canadians. This designation honours employers who are providing great opportunities for recent immigrants. The companies on this list offer a multitude of programs to assist new Canadians in making the transition into life in Canada, as well as a new workplace. The Best Employers for New Canadians list was announced on March 28.
 
“As a proud Canadian immigrant, it is great to see we are making a difference with newcomers to our great country,” says Mandy Shapansky, president & CEO, Xerox Canada.
 
Xerox works with community agencies such as Skills for Change, Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies (ALLIES), and the Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre, to connect with job-seekers who are new Canadians. The company participates in the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council's (TRIEC) Mentoring Partnership program and provides job-seekers who are new to Canada with one-on-one time with a Xerox employee. In addition, Xerox offers paid internships and placement opportunities to newcomers through the Career Bridge program, as well as interview coaching and mock interviews in partnership with ACCES Employment.
 
The Best Employers for New Canadians were selected based on the following criteria:
  • Programs available to assist employees who are recent immigrants;
  • Reduced employment barriers, such as recognizing foreign educational credentials and experience;
  • Assisting employees with efforts to have foreign professional or educational credentials recognized in Canada;
  • Programs such as internal coaching or mentoring; and
  • Training in cross-cultural issues or inclusiveness for managers and employees.

“This recognition, along with the Canada`s Best Diversity Employers award, reflects our commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture, and ultimately a vibrant workplace,”  said Martine Normand, vice president, Human Resources.