Minister Blackburn to recognize excellence in promoting diversity at CTV Inc.
and the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec,
is in Toronto to recognize two organizations that have achieved great success in
promoting diversity in the workforce - CTV Inc. and the Toronto Region Immigrant
Employment Council (TRIEC).
"The Government of Canada believes that diversity in the
workplace helps to ensure all Canadians can make a strong contribution to a
productive economy and a cohesive society," said Minister Blackburn. "CTV is
demonstrating leadership in promoting diversity through its National Aboriginal
Internship Program and other initiatives."
CTV's National Aboriginal Internship Program placed several
Aboriginal students in local CTV newsrooms across the country on paid
internships. The students worked closely with CTV journalists and gained
first-hand experience in bringing various Canadian communities their daily local
news. Minister Blackburn will meet with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment
Council (TRIEC) to recognize their contribution towards non-discrimination and
diversity, as well as their contribution to assisting the integration of
immigrants into the workforce. Minister Blackburn will present the non-profit
organization a certificate.
"TRIEC is working to remove the barriers immigrants face when
entering the labour market," said Minister Blackburn. "In alignment with the
goals and objectives of the Racism-Free Workplace Strategy, they help
organizations benefit from the talents and skills immigrants bring with them to
The TRIEC was created to address the effective and appropriate
inclusion of immigrants into the labour market. The Minister will take this
opportunity to hear about innovative community initiatives aimed at finding
employment for immigrants. The Toronto visit is part of a four-city tour that
takes Minister Blackburn to Ottawa, Dryden and Regina to highlight the
Government of Canada's recent labour initiatives.