Immigration Partnership – Waterloo Region

The Immigration Partnership in Waterloo Region is a joint initiative of employers, agencies, governments, educators and newcomers working together to enhance the region’s image as a welcoming community to newcomers.

The Immigration Partnership is built on three pillars:  Settle, Work, and Belong.  It’s mandate is to facilitate successful settlement, integration and community involvement of immigrants and refugees in Waterloo Region.  This is accomplished through creating and enhancing partnerships in a comprehensive local Immigration Partnership and implementing collaborative strategies.  Within the working pillar this means that Waterloo Region will be able to:

  • compete for the world’s best talent;
  • foster an environment where the education, skills and experience of foreign trained professionals is fully employed to make the community economically and socially stronger; and
  • support regional employers in their efforts to attract, hire, engage and retain foreign trained professionals as strategic members of their workplace.

The Waterloo Region Mentoring Partnership is led by the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA Cross Cultural & Immigrant Services in cooperation with the Immigration Partnership. Skilled immigrants are matched with established professionals to create occupation-specific mentoring relationships. Nearly 400 matches have been made where mentors help mentees navigate the job search process by sharing their knowledge, experience and professional networks.

The Waterloo Region Internship Program is led by Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, in partnership with the Immigration Partnership.  Employers are connected with job-ready, skilled and professional immigrants to complete a paid internship of four months or longer in their profession or trade.  The immigrant enhances his/her workplace English, gains Canadian experience, and develops networks.


  • New TD Bank Group video explores the benefits of mentoring skilled immigrants

    TD Bank Group explores the many challenges faced by new immigrants as they attempt to make a new life in a new country. Watch how mentoring can provide confidence, cultural awareness and much needed friendly support.

  • Reflecting back and looking forward on immigrant employment solutions

    In 2012 IECs continued to develop new ideas and put them into action so skilled immigrants find employment.

  • Webinar: Professional Immigrant Networks: Connecting with Immigrant Talent

    Deanna Matzanke, Director, Diversity and Inclusion/HR Policy and Compliance at Scotiabank, talks about why the bank is sponsoring TRIEC’s Professional Immigrant Networks website and how the bank has worked with various networks.

  • TD Bank Releases New Report

    “Knocking Down Barriers Faced By New Immigrants To Canada: Fitting the Pieces Together” argues that immigration selection should focus on both short-term and long-term labour market needs while settlement services should be co-ordinated to boost the workforce integration of immigrants and ensure Canada’s long-term prosperity.

  • Professional Immigrant Networks in Waterloo

    WRIEN has undertaken a scan of professional immigrant networks (PINS) in the Waterloo Region. The PINS project will increase the capacity of immigrant networks so their skilled immigrant members can find meaningful work. ALLIES is supporting this innovative program. Read the report.

  • WRIEN integrated within Waterloo Immigration Partnership

    The Waterloo Region Immigrant Employment Network (WRIEN) has been integrated within the broader Immigration Partnership as of August 2011. WRIEN has also redesigned their website with new sections for employers and immigrants.