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Unifor urges coalition to support refugees with Canadian jobs

As Unifor prepares to sponsor five Syrian refugee families in Canada, it is urging a broad network of community groups, businesses and employers to support settlement with much-needed jobs.

“Unifor has been touched by the Syrian crisis but to offer real, meaningful support for settlement the entire country has a part to play,” said Jerry Dias National President.  “To provide a future that goes beyond humanitarian relief, Unifor is encouraging employers to offer Canadian work experience and opportunities for jobs.”

As Canada’s largest private sector union, Unifor representatives are meeting with members of the business community and Global Diversity Exchange at Ryerson University this Friday, December 18 to discuss a joint initiative that will encourage employers to hire refugees.  “For sponsorship to be effective there is an urgent need for English and French language skills and Canadian work experience.”

This meeting follows a training of 62 Unifor members who met with Lifeline Syria representatives to discuss their role and responsibility in sponsoring Syrian refugee families.

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