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Government of Canada supports workplace diversity project

Posted By aldrin On October 22, 2010 @ 10:12 am In Headline News | No Comments

Ottawa, September 30, 2010 — The Government of Canada will provide more than $757,000 over two years to the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre for a program that addresses the challenges and opportunities of a diverse workplace, Pierre Poilievre, Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton, announced today on behalf of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

“Employers and new Canadians in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver will benefit greatly from the Multiculturalism Achievement Program for Learning Employers,” said MP Poilievre. “By supporting initiatives such as this, the Government of Canada is investing in the future—a future that depends on all of us growing together through our shared values, history and institutions.”

The Multiculturalism Achievement Program for Learning Employers ( MAPLE ) will consist of three activities, including:
Workshops for employers on improving cross-cultural communication in the workplace.
Unpaid internships for new Canadians with participating employers.
‘Mentor-to-Mentor’ exchanges, with representatives of participating employers and new Canadians mentoring each other on issues of intercultural understanding.

“ MAPLE is about opportunity – the opportunity for employers to learn how to create conditions to make a diverse workplace thrive, as well as the opportunity for newcomers to develop networks of contacts and colleagues and establish themselves in their chosen fields in Canada,” said Sharon Kan, Executive Director of the OCCSC . “We are pleased that the Government of Canada has chosen to support this endeavour.”

Other partners in the project include Immigrant Services Calgary and the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia.

Inter-Action, Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Program, supports projects that promote intercultural understanding and equal opportunity for people of all cultures and faiths. For more information, please visit CIC ’s website.

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