Success stories

Sponsors helping to find work

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Life in Antigonish is like a box of chocolates for Syrian family (Peace by Chocolate – Nova Scotia – food) (Sep 16/17) [Toronto Star]
From Syrian refugees to business owners in 1 year (Saraya Hot Bread; food business; Victoria) (Jun 13/17) [CBC]

Sponsor collaboration with employment services

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Sponsors creating jobs

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Sponsor of 58 Syrian refugee families talks job skills, employment [Jim Estill – Danby – manufacturing] (May 12/17) [Windsor Star]
The Man Who Saved 200 Syrian Refugees [Jim Estill – Danby – manufacturing] (Dec 20/16) [Toronto Life]

Employers creating jobs for newcomers

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For RBC, Refugees are an Untapped Talent Pool and Strategic Advantage (banking – Toronto) (Jun 20/17) [Hire Immigrants]
BDC Internships: Breaking Down the Barriers to Refugee Employment (banking – Toronto) (Jun 20 17) [Hire Immigrants]
Scotiabank – Understanding Your Customers from the Inside Out (banking – Mississauga) (Jun 20/17) [Hire Immigrants]
Palliser Builds a Workforce alongside its Furniture (furniture manufacturing – Winnipeg) (Jan 15/16) [Hire Immigrants]
The smell of home [Adonis – food retail – Toronto, Mississauga] (Jul 29/17) [Globe and Mail]
Mock Interviews by Cinnzeo Bakeries a Way to Support Newcomers and Source Talent (retail and bakery – food – Calgary) [Hire Immigrants]
Refugee Talent Pipeline Fills Positions at Nomz (snack food – Toronto) [Hire Immigrants]
Interview with Nomz CEO Jana Al Zaibak on Hiring a Refugee Workforce (snack food – Toronto) (May 31/16) [Hire Immigrants]
Maple Leaf Foods Connects to Recruit Newcomers (food – meat processing – Manitoba and Alberta) (Nov 8/16) [Hire Immigrants]
Starbucks and the First One Thousand (food – quick service restaurant – national) (Jun 20/17) [Hire Immigrants]
They fled war in Syria. Today, they manufacture emergency equipment for Canadians [ First Aid and Survival Technologies Limited (F.A.S.T.) – sewing; manufacturing; Vancouver] (Mar 9/17) [National Observer]
A new life, a full-time job: a success story for Syrian refugee family living in Ottawa (Bemac Autobody – automotive) (Jan 3/17) [CTV Ottawa]
Paramount Fine Foods Commits To Hiring Syrian Refugees At Every Store [food retail – Ontario] (Mar 23/16) [Huffington Post]
Jobs for refugees: New Hamburg man offers construction work to newcomers [Just Working Construction – Ontario] (Jan 6/16) [The Record]

Automotive

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A new life, a full-time job: a success story for Syrian refugee family living in Ottawa (Bemac Autobody – automotive) (Jan 3/17) [CTV Ottawa]

Entrepreneurship

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‘It put a big mission on our shoulders’ [clothing start-up business – Calgary] (Aug 25/17) [Globe and Mail]
Syrian newcomers add another layer to Canadian food identity [Beroea Box, Soufi’s Café – Toronto] (Jul 31/17) [Globe and Mail]
Syrian refugee carries on his family soap-making tradition in Calgary (Jan 12/18) [Global Television]
Toronto suddenly has a new craving: Syrian food (Jan 12/18) [New York Times]
Journalist refugee launches Canada’s first Syrian newspaper (Dec/17) [Toronto Star]
Life in Antigonish is like a box of chocolates for Syrian family (Peace by Chocolate – Nova Scotia – food) (Sep 16/17) [Toronto Star]
Syrian refugee family’s chocolate business expanding, hiring in N.S. (Peace by Chocolate – Nova Scotia – food) (Jul 20/17) [CTV]
Sweet success: How the Hadhads went from refugees to employers in 1 year (Peace by Chocolate – food – Nova Scotia) (Jan 17/17) [CBC]
From Syrian refugees to business owners in 1 year (Saraya Hot Bread; food business; Victoria) (Jun 13/17) [CBC]
Sewing program helps make entrepreneurs of GTA refugees (Darzee) (Mar 3/17) [Toronto Star]

Financial services

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For RBC, Refugees are an Untapped Talent Pool and Strategic Advantage (banking – Toronto) (Jun 20/17) [Hire Immigrants]
BDC Internships: Breaking Down the Barriers to Refugee Employment (banking – Toronto) (Jun 20 17) [Hire Immigrants]
Scotiabank – Understanding Your Customers from the Inside Out (banking – Mississauga) (Jun 20/17) [Hire Immigrants]

Food processing and retail

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The smell of home [Adonis – food retail – Toronto, Mississauga] (Jul 29/17) [Globe and Mail]
Mock Interviews by Cinnzeo Bakeries a Way to Support Newcomers and Source Talent (retail and bakery – food – Calgary) [Hire Immigrants]
Refugee Talent Pipeline Fills Positions at Nomz (snack food – Toronto) [Hire Immigrants]
Interview with Nomz CEO Jana Al Zaibak on Hiring a Refugee Workforce (snack food – Toronto) (May 31/16) [Hire Immigrants]
Maple Leaf Foods Connects to Recruit Newcomers (food – meat processing – Manitoba and Alberta) (Nov 8/16) [Hire Immigrants]
Starbucks and the First One Thousand (food – quick service restaurant – national) (Jun 20/17) [Hire Immigrants]
Syrian newcomers add another layer to Canadian food identity [Beroea Box, Soufi’s Café – Toronto] (Jul 31/17) [Globe and Mail]
Life in Antigonish is like a box of chocolates for Syrian family (Peace by Chocolate – Nova Scotia – food) (Sep 16/17) [Toronto Star]
Syrian refugee family’s chocolate business expanding, hiring in N.S. (Peace by Chocolate – Nova Scotia – food) (Jul 20/17) [CTV]
Sweet success: How the Hadhads went from refugees to employers in 1 year (Peace by Chocolate – food – Nova Scotia) (Jan 17/17) [CBC]
Tea’s benefits include health and… Syrian refugee employment (SuraiTea – Ottawa) (Dec 13/16) [National Observer]
From Syrian refugees to business owners in 1 year (Saraya Hot Bread; food business; Victoria) (Jun 13/17) [CBC]
Toronto kitchen staffed by Syrian refugee women at risk of closing (Newcomer Kitchen) (Dec 18/17) [Toronto Star]
Newcomer Kitchen: How Syrian refugee women are cooking their way to success (Depanneur) (Feb 21/17) [DeGroote School of Business]
New life, new business: Syrian refugees bring taste of home to Canada [Karam Kitchen – food catering – Hamilton] (Dec 22/16) [CBC Radio]
Newcomer Kitchen Cooks Up Business Venture For Syrian Refugee Women (Depanneur) (Nov 7/16) [Huffington Post]
Paramount Fine Foods Commits To Hiring Syrian Refugees At Every Store [food retail – Ontario] (Mar 23/16) [Huffington Post]

Importing

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‘It put a big mission on our shoulders’ [clothing start-up business – Calgary] (Aug 25/17) [Globe and Mail]

Manufacturing

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Palliser Builds a Workforce alongside its Furniture (furniture manufacturing – Winnipeg) (Jan 15/16) [Hire Immigrants]
They fled war in Syria. Today, they manufacture emergency equipment for Canadians [ First Aid and Survival Technologies Limited (F.A.S.T.) – sewing; manufacturing; Vancouver] (Mar 9/17) [National Observer]
Sponsor of 58 Syrian refugee families talks job skills, employment [Jim Estill – Danby – manufacturing] (May 12/17) [Windsor Star]
The Man Who Saved 200 Syrian Refugees [Jim Estill – Danby – manufacturing] (Dec 20/16) [Toronto Life]

Retail

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Syrian refugee pays it forward — literally — in Newmarket (Retail-gas station – GTA) (Jan 11/18) [The Star.com]

Translators and interpreters

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Found in translation: Syrian refugee becomes interpreter for newcomers (B.C.) [Globe and Mail]

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