Toronto (Canada)

A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination

Within the framework of the Canadian Coalition’s Ten Point Plan of Action, the City of Toronto has initiated an immigrant-mentorship programme and a ‘Profession to profession’ programme.

Immigrants often face more problems in finding employment than their native-born counterparts. It may be due to their lack of knowledge about labour market and job searching practices. The City of Toronto puts these skilled immigrant workers in relation with mentors in the same field, who have better understanding of themarket. In this wat, they provide them with guidelines that allow them to be more competitive on the labour market.

The City is a corporate partner of The Mentoring Partnership Programme of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. The Partnership brings together recently skilled immigrant and established professionals, working in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. The Programme draws extensively from a network of community and corporate partners. In 2010, Toronto was recognised as a corporate leader in mentor recruitment. With over 150 mentors volunteering their time in 2011, majority of them was born outside of Canada.

Toronto also runs a ‘Profession to Profession’ Programme, to distribute information about the project, recruit staff mentors and host orientation and networking sessions. Since 2004, the Programme paired 544 internationally educated immigrant professionals with members of the City staff. The mentorships last between four and six months, during which mentors provide job search advice and support to help ease newcomers’ entry into the Canadian job market.

City Information
The City of Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada, with over 2.5 million residents. Toronto is one of the world's most diverse cities by percentage of non-native-born residents, with about 49% of the population born outside Canada. The city is Canada's economic capital and one of the top financial centres in the world.

Toronto has been a member of the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination since April 2006.

For more information about the Mentoring Partnership, please visit:

See also: City of Toronto’s ‘Profession to Profession’ programme

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