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Destination Employment

OTEC and our partners assist newcomers to gain meaningful employment and a successful future in Canadian hotels through the Destination Employment program.

This multi-faceted national program, being delivered in Ontario by OTEC, provides newcomers to Canada with the support, services and training they require to find employment and gain Canadian workplace experience once they settle in Canada. It is also designed to support hoteliers with finding skilled workers as they face increasing labour shortages in the preliminary pilot markets of Ottawa, Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Kingston.

Including Ontario, the Destination Employment program, funded by the Government of Canada, is being delivered in four other regions including Alberta, Atlantic Canada, Saskatchewan and the Yukon.

Information for Newcomers

To be eligible for this program, you must be a:

  • permanent resident of Canada residing in Canada (with PR card or conformation of permanent residence letter); Or
  • a Protected Person and/or Convention refugee with a valid work permit residing in Canada

Information for Employers

To be eligible to participate, employers must be willing to:

  • hire program participants in permanent (or recurring seasonal) positions
  • commit the time and support of a designated staff member to mentor program participants
  • document and explain how hiring newcomers to Canada will help address their business challenges and objectives
  • work with existing community organizations, partners and services to support newcomers to Canada with other settlement needs that may arise
  • participate in program evaluation activities, as required
  • provide program participants with wages and benefits that are commensurate with the demands of their employment, based on Canadian standards
  • provide flexibility for training, as required

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For more information on Destination Employment, please contact: 

Pinar Uzunkaya
Assistant Project Manager
416.622.1975 ext. 240