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January 30, 2018
City of Toronto supports community through immigrant mentoring program
The City of Toronto, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and The Mentoring Partnership recognized members of the Toronto Public Service today for volunteering as mentors to immigrant professionals.

"The City's mentoring program is contributing to the advancement of Toronto's prosperity, opportunity and livability," said Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's). "Providing access to these programs helps newcomers overcome barriers and be better prepared to secure meaningful employment and make valuable contributions to society."

The City's 14th annual Mentoring Partnership Program is a collaboration between TRIEC and community partners. Partners provide employment services and bridging programs to immigrant professionals in the Greater Toronto Area, and coach mentees and mentors throughout the partnership.

"With the largest number of mentors as well as repeat mentors, the Toronto Public Service is committed to supporting the community through the Mentoring Partnership Program," said City Manager Peter Wallace. "The City will continue to find ways to strengthen its program, enhance our capacity to serve Toronto's diverse community and increase employment opportunities."

When City staff mentor immigrants in related professions, they gain insight and knowledge about newcomer experiences as well as strengthen their leadership, communication and coaching skills. Mentees learn about Canadian workplace culture, the local labour market and job search and networking strategies.

“The City of Toronto is one of TRIEC’s most engaged employer partners," said Margaret Eaton, Executive Director of TRIEC. "They provide mentors from a wider range of professions than any other partner.”

Nearly 700 City staff have mentored 1,665 mentees since the mentoring program started in 2004, with 293 repeat mentors. City of Toronto mentors and mentees reported a 90 per cent satisfaction rate in the program. About 75 per cent of mentees who take part in the program obtained employment in their related field within 12 months of completing the program.

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