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ACCC immigrant integration program a finalist for prestigious public administration leadership award

ipac photo3Ottawa, ON, November 26, 2013 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is pleased to announce that a jury panel of senior public sector executives from across Canada has determined that ACCC is in the winners’ circle of the IPAC Deloitte 2013 Public Sector Leadership Award, in recognition of its pioneering overseas orientation program for economic immigrants.

The Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP), funded through Citizenship and Immigration Canada, provides tailored pre-arrival information (Group Orientation) and planning (My Action Plan) services, as well as immediate online referrals to an extensive network of partners across Canada. Partners include ACCC member institutions, immigrant-serving organizations, regulatory bodies, credential assessment agencies and employer-based organizations, including sector councils.

CIIP positions economic immigrants, their spouses and working-age children to connect with appropriate jobs more quickly.  Last year’s TD Economic Report notes, “CIIP is paying large dividends…these results would indicate that clients of the CIIP are faring much better than non-CIIP graduates.” 

“CIIP guided me on how to benefit from going to Canada to achieve my dreams and how to share with Canada my achievements, so the next generations would benefit from them,” said CIIP grad, Bashar Alsayyed.

ACCC President and CEO, Denise Amyot, saw CIIP in action during her recent mission to China and she will soon visit the Association’s CIIP office in India. 

“Having witnessed the impact of CIIP first-hand, I understand why the program has been selected as a finalist for this prestigious award,” said Amyot. “I applaud the Government of Canada for having endorsed ACCC’s vision back in 2006 and for its investments since then to enable ACCC to deliver this ground-breaking initiative for the benefit of more than 24,000 newcomers.”

The gold, silver and bronze award winners will be announced at the IPAC Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award Gala on February 13, 2014. It recognizes outstanding leadership aimed at improving Canada through advancements in public policy and management. ACCC designed and manages CIIP, which is delivered to immigrants in more than 25 countries through four regional offices in China, India, the Philippines and the UK.     

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges, institutes and polytechnics with 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities. ACCC members are actively involved in delivering bridging programs, language courses and job-search assistance for newcomers. CIIP is one of ACCC’s many success stories.

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For more information:

Shawn Dearn
Director of Communications, ACCC
613-746-2222 Ext. 3123
Twitter: @ACCC_Comms