TORONTO, May 23, 2017 – Scotiabank is giving a boost to new immigrants before they arrive in Canada through a three-year sponsorship to enhance CanPrep, a national pre-arrival program, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and delivered by JVS Toronto in partnership with TRIEC and other Canadian community organizations.

CanPrep provides employment preparation and guidance to immigrants who have been granted visas but have not yet arrived in Canada. This responsive approach, supported by IRCC and now Scotiabank, provides immigrants with timely preparation for a successful integration into the Canadian labour market and society.

Scotiabank’s sponsorship will enhance the core services offered by CanPrep that includes employment counselling, professional mentoring and online learning resources aimed at building the job search skills relevant to the Canadian labour market. In addition, Scotiabank employees will act as online mentors and will facilitate interactive webinars for potential immigrants world-wide.

“Scotiabank recognizes the value of supporting newcomers to Canada,” said Karen Lablans, Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Scotiabank. “We believe the earlier we connect withthem, the better their chances of finding success in Canada..We are proud to be part of this initiative through our StartRight© Program, which aims to help newcomers begin their new lives and achieve their goals.”

“JVS Toronto has a long history serving the employment needs of immigrants, and we are very grateful to Scotiabank for their generous contribution to empower newcomers for a successful entry to the Canadian economy and community,” stated Kim Coulter, President & CEO of JVS Toronto.

TRIEC’s Executive Director Margaret Eaton said: “TRIEC knows that professional networks and local labour market insights are vital tools in any immigrant’s job search process. We are very grateful to Scotiabank for their continued support, which will help new immigrants build their professional networks and find employment more quickly”.

For more information about CanPrep, please contact: Irene Vaksman, Director, Newcomer Services, JVS Toronto.

About JVS Toronto
JVS Toronto believes that every individual has opportunities for employment. Since 1947, JVS Toronto has been giving the power of employment and improved learning serving 21,000 individuals annually through career, employment, and educational and vocational assessment services in Toronto and York Region. Our recruitment services to businesses ensure they have the workforce they need to be successful.

A non-profit, charitable organization, JVS Toronto is funded by the United Way of Toronto and York Region, UJA Federation, all levels of government, and through donations. Visit

The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) brings leaders together who are committed to helping immigrants and employers succeed.

TRIEC believes that when immigrants prosper, we all do. We help employers make the most of the Greater Toronto Area’s culturally diverse workforce and we help immigrants connect to employment that fully leverages their skills and talents. We partner with organizations across multiple sectors in the GTA, because we believe that a collaborative approach achieves the greatest impact.