RBC Royal Bank recognized for its work with newcomers to Canada

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One of 3 Employer Awards given out by IRCC

March 6, 2019 – Toronto, ON – The Government of Canada is recognizing RBC Royal Bank for its support of newcomers to Canada, including hiring newcomers, providing them with valuable advice about the local labour market, and assisting newcomer employees to advance in their careers and achieve their full potential.

The Toronto business was named today as one of 3 winners of the 2019 Employer Awards for Newcomer Employment for its exemplary work in helping newcomers find and retain jobs, and enhance their employment skills.

RBC Ventures released a free, easy-to-use platform called Arrive, dedicated to helping newcomers thrive in Canada. The focus is on connecting newcomers with a dynamic network of like-minded peers for support and guidance; helping make introductions to develop meaningful connections; and making it easier to gain access to expert knowledge and resources focused on getting hired in the right field of work faster.

Each year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, in collaboration with Hire Immigrants Ottawa, recognizes local businesses’ innovative efforts to improve the integration of newcomers into the labour market across Canada. This year’s winners – a small, medium and large employer – help reduce the barriers faced by newcomers entering the labour market and improve their overall settlement in Canada.

Winners were announced at the 2019 Employer Council of Champions Summit and Awards, organized by Hire Immigrants Ottawa. The summit brings together business, government and civic leaders to engage in a dialogue about the effective integration of refugees and immigrants into the labour force, and to celebrate employer excellence.


“I am impressed by the initiative that RBC Royal Bank has taken in ensuring that its newcomer employees feel welcome and have the supports they need to integrate into their life in Canada. Through a partnership with TRIEC Learning, an online knowledge hub of tools and resources that help employers hire and retain immigrant talent, more than 3,200 RBC employees have completed e-learning modules to develop skills like cross-cultural communication. Having the support and understanding of their coworkers is so critical to a newcomer’s integration journey”.

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“Diversity and Inclusion is more than a core value at RBC. We believe it is one of our greatest strengths, as an organization and as a country. RBC has a longstanding history and commitment to supporting newcomers whom we believe are integral to helping our communities prosper across Canada. We are incredibly honoured to receive the Employer Award for Newcomer Employment from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and sincerely thank our long-time partner Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council for the nomination”.

– Kirk Dudtschak, Executive Vice President, Personal & Commercial Banking, Royal Bank of Canada

Quick facts

  • Since 2015, IRCC has been recognizing private businesses that support the successful labour market integration of newcomers in Canada through these awards.

  • Winning employers are chosen based on nominations from settlement service provider organizations. RBC was nominated by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

  • Considered a large employer, RBC has hired 214 newcomer mentees since the beginning of their partnership with TRIEC Mentoring Partnership, 37 of whom were hired this fiscal year.

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Contacts for media only

Mathieu Genest
Minister’s Office
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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