National Mentoring Initiative

Mentoring facilitates a connection between a skilled immigrant and an established Canadian professional in the same or related occupation.

Mentoring has proven to be one of the most successful strategies to assist newcomers find suitable employment. It is a simple idea that helps immigrants

  • expand their professional networks;
  • improve their job search strategies and techniques;
  • enhance their understanding of their profession; and
  • gain insights into Canadian workplace culture and mores.

The webinar recording below talks about how to develop effective mentoring programs for Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs):

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The results are in: Mentoring improves employment outcomes for skilled immigrants.

Mentoring helps newcomers find jobs that match their skills and talent. Thanks to a new ALLIES-Accenture report, we now have the evidence to confirm the positive impact of mentoring on newcomers and our economy.

>> Read the report

Watch the webinar with leading experts as they discuss the results:

Listen to Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree & ALLIES Steering Committee Member as she explains some of the findings of the report.

Why mentoring?

Mentoring is a way to overcome some of the barriers skilled immigrants encounter when trying to find employment in their area of expertise. The three biggest barriers are:

  • Lack of an effective professional network: newcomers don’t have access to the hidden job market, including job openings that are not advertised;
  • Lack of understanding of the Canadian workplace culture and employer expectations; and
  • Lack of recognition of international qualifications and experience, which makes it difficult for skilled immigrants to talk about their transferable skills.

Mentoring is more than just matchmaking. Mentoring is a deliberate and sustained strategy to create and facilitate new networks for recent skilled immigrants in their fields of expertise. It is a process that starts with the right occupation-specific match, builds a relationship over time, and leads to gainful employment.

Mentoring is also a two-way street. It’s not just the newcomer who benefits. At the core of successful mentoring programs is a weave of mutually beneficial relationships – between the mentor and the mentee, between employers and their employees and between frontline organizations and their clients. Mentoring fuels these relationships and produces results from end to end.

For more information, read the National Mentoring Initiative backgrounder (pdf).

2011 National Mentoring Initiative Overview

Mentoring programs are active in the following cities: FrederictonHalifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Niagara, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, North Bay Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

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Funding for the National Mentoring Initiative is provided by TD Bank Group.