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Government of Canada announced Federal Internship for Newcomers program

the CanadaVisa Team - 07 October, 2010

The Government of Canada announced yesterday it is launching the Federal Internship for Newcomers program designed to assist newcomers gain valuable Canadian work experience. Through this program, immigrants to Canada now have the opportunity to acquire some temporary work experience in fields they are qualified to work in based on their skills and previous work experience.

"Newcomers are key to building a stronger Canada," said Minister Kenney. "The Federal Internship for Newcomers program helps immigrants use their skills in the Canadian labour market as they begin their new lives in Canada."

Temporary work placements (internships) will be available within the federal government to help program participants integrate into the labour market in Canada.

"This program is an example of how we are taking action so that newcomers can maximize their talents and contribute to Canada's long-term economic success," said Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

The following departments and agencies are participating in the program: Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Health Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. Besides these organizations, a number of other departments and agencies have already confirmed their interest in participating in the program.

Internships are available in administration, policy, finance, science, translation, and communication. This fall, more than 60 newcomers have internship positions.

It is expected the program will quickly gain popularity and that the number of internship positions available will increase significantly because many other government agencies have expressed an interest in participating.

This new program proves Canada’s commitment to helping newcomers succeed.
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