Award Recipients 2009

Congratulations to the 2009 HIO Award Recipients!

The University of Ottawa and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) received 2009 Employer Excellence Awards for outstanding practices in recruitment of skilled immigrants.


University of Ottawa was recognized for its Access uOttawa program. The purpose of Access uOttawa is to recruit a pool of fully qualified and job-ready bilingual candidates, including skilled immigrants, to promote diversity at the University. The program supports managers in filling short term positions and provides valuable, marketable work experience to candidates in all targeted groups.

“We are extremely proud of our Access uOttawa program which aims to enhance workplace diversity. This recognition is additional validation that partnerships with Hire Immigrants Ottawa are benefiting members of our community,” says Louise Pagé-Valin, Associate Vice-President, Human resources, University of Ottawa. “It is truly an honour to receive this award, and we look forward to a continuing partnership to meet our common goals.”


Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) supports Canadians in meeting the challenges they face by putting in place policies, programs and services that are flexible, that create opportunities in today’s labour market and that provide choice. Its Immigrant Internship Pilot Program (IIPP) highlights their commitment in outstanding practices in the recruitment of skilled immigrants.

“We are extremely pleased that Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) was able to undertake the Immigrant Internship Pilot Program,” said Janice Charette, Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. “This pilot has created an opportunity for HRSDC to recruit and mentor Foreign Trained Professionals, not only increasing the diversity of our workplace, but providing them with a quality work experience that will help them to better integrate into the workforce. It is truly an honour to receive this award, and we look forward to a continuing partnership with Hire Immigrant Ottawa to meet our common goals.”

Certificates of recognition went to Association pour l’intégration sociale d’Ottawa and Citizen Advocacy Ottawa for their promising practices in recruitment and retention of skilled immigrants.


L’ Association pour l’intégration sociale d’Ottawa was recognized for adapting its human resources management practices to recruit a diversified workforce. Thanks to its productive partnership with La Cité Collégiale, the association has been able to hire well-trained immigrants who make an exemplary contribution to its mission. Immigrants have transformed the association, making it an employer of choice in a prized work environment.

Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa was recognized for its employee retention within its Everyday Champions program. By providing extra support to new immigrants in the workplace so that they can adjust to language differences and to a different cultural context, Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa shows how they are adapting to the face of an evolving labour force. Recently hired internationally trained social workers, in particular, benefit from the organization’s senior social workers’ mentorship and support to new employees.


The Employer Excellence Awards recognize local employers for their innovative recruitment and retention policies, and promising practices around the integration of skilled immigrants into their organizations. The awards categories include small, medium and large private- and public-sector organizations and businesses in the National Capital Region.

The award application forms will be available later in fall. If you would like to be notified when the call for entries is open, please email

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