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Ottawa businesses recognized for their work with immigrants and refugees


Ottawa businesses recognized for their work with immigrants and refugees

(Ottawa, Ontario – May 4th, 2016)

On Tuesday, May 10th, 2016, the International Talent Acquisition Centre (In-TAC) of the OCCSC will celebrate seven years of connecting international talent with Canadian businesses. Thanks to In-TAC, last year over 325 internationally educated professionals who made Canada their new home, found work in their field of expertise, and 400 business partners in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver found the talent with the skills and expertise they had been looking for.

The gala will showcase the successes achieved through collaborations with partnering employers and community stakeholders, and highlight the accomplishments of over 100 graduates of In-TAC’s employment programs. In-TAC will also introduce its new Pre-Arrival Project in China – a service that helps prepare Chinese immigrants prior to their departure in order to ensure a faster more efficient economic and social integration and a seamless connection to post-arrival services. This year’s theme isUnlocking the Doors to Global Markets’.

The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and Deputy Mayor, Bob Monette will be the evening’s keynote speakers. Eight individuals and local businesses will be recognized at Tuesday’s event:  Business leaders from the ICT and finance sectors such as Scotia Bank and Kivuto Solutions Inc., community collaborators such as Invest Ottawa and the Canadian Red Cross, and individual citizens who have contributed to In-TAC and their newcomer client’s success through their proactive hiring practices, excellent training and support, mentoring and commitment to learning.

In-TAC is more than a job matching service for internationally trained professionals. It also offers cultural competency training – free of charge – to participating employers on how to recruit, integrate, and retain international talent into their work environments.

Employer partners, community leaders, new graduates and staff will be available for interviews.

Come see ‘where business meets talent‘.

Event:               In-TAC’s 7th Annual Appreciation Gala 2016

When:              Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Where:             National Arts Centre (53 Elgin Street, Ottawa)

Time:                6:00 – 6:30 Registration begins (Mezzanine)

6:30 – 9:00 Dinner & presentations (Panorama Room)

For more information, or to book an interview with one of our clients or business partners, please contact:

Carmen G. Muñoz

Cell: 613-220-9444


The International Talent Acquisition Centre


The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC), established in 1975, is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization committed to advancing the full social and economic integration and participation of newcomers, immigrants and refugees in Ottawa. In 2015, it served newcomers from over 70 countries.

In-TAC (the International Talent Acquisition Centre), the employer services division of the OCCSC, provides seamless integration services that bring together internationally trained professionals (IEPs) and employers through its programs:

Navigating the Canadian Accounting Workplace and Navigating the Canadian IT Workplace are bridge-to-work programs for internationally educated ICT and Accounting professionals. They connect IEPs with local employers, in particular small and medium enterprises.

MAPLE 2.0 – Mentorship in Action is a national program that provides 3-month work-mentorship opportunities for IEP’s to gain Canadian work experience and cultural competency training for employers in order to facilitate the successful recruitment, integration and retention of internationally trained professionals in Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver.

(JSW) Job Search Workshop is a labour market orientation and job readiness preparation program for internationally trained professionals.

The In-TAC Business Centre is a social enterprise initiative that provides entrepreneurs and SMEs with accounting and taxation services and other business supports. It also offers IEPs internship opportunities during their career transition.

In-TAC’s Mentorship Program develops career and cultural competencies, strategies for assessing IEP competencies and contributions, strategic research methodologies, confidence, trust and listening skills for mentors and mentees.

In-TAC Pre-Arrival Services in China, connects internationally trained talent from China to local employers before they depart from their home countries, and provides virtual HR support to local small and medium sized business.

Thanks to our employer partners and to our employment support services, 75% of our newcomer clients have found work placements commensurate with their own professional background and experience within a one-year period following their enrollment in our programs and projects.

A crucial component of our successful client placement track record is our growing and strengthening partnerships with employers. As a result of our employer outreach and engagement efforts, the total number of our partnering employers has passed 400. In addition to this quantitative increase in the number of employer partners, a growing number of our employer partners repeatedly consider our employment services as a staffing solution, further attesting to the success of our efforts.

In-TAC’s programs are partly funded by The Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

For more information about our programs and our successes, please visit our website at