Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 12, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada / IRCC was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017):
- In addition to helping employees save for the future, Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada provides retirement planning assistance and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit)
- Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada offers excellent family-friendly benefits including a full year of paid leave for new mothers and parental leave top-up for fathers and adoptive parents -- employees also have the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada encourages ongoing employee development with subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation, in-house training programs and in-house apprenticeships
IRCC employees take pride in changing lives
The Government of Canada resettled more than 25,000 Syrian refugees between Nov. 4, 2015 and Feb. 29, 2016. It was a massive humanitarian effort, involving multiple departments and partners, provinces and territories as well as Canadians from across the country. Employees at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) proved instrumental in the successful resettlement of these people.
"It was incredible to be involved in something like that," recalls Heidi Jurisic, Director of IRCC's Domestic Network. "It was the most rewarding work you can possibly imagine."
IRCC is also responsible for, among other things, managing Canada's annual intake of immigrants -- around 300,000 this year. That means they contribute directly to the country's economic vitality and its social diversity.
"Our employees contribute to building Canada and shaping the future of the country," says Aaron Feniak, Senior Director of IRCC's Workforce Solutions and Services Division. "The work is what differentiates us from many other departments. You see it in our employees. They wear it with pride."
IRCC prides itself on being a learning organization. "Every one of our employees is both a learner and a teacher." says Feniak. "IRCC staff value learning and they share with their co-workers what they learn on-the-job and through formal training."
The department has its own suite of in-house training programs. Employees work with their managers to create personalized learning plans in order to perform well in their current jobs, and to acquire the skills required for future challenges.
IRCC encourages employees to move from job to job within the department. Among other things, there are opportunities to work on the immigration program, citizenship program, passport program or refugee resettlement initiatives.
There are also opportunities to work abroad. IRCC is the government's second-largest employer of foreign service officers after Global Affairs Canada. IRCC employees are responsible for delivering Canada's immigration program abroad at more than 50 locations in embassies, high commissions and consulates.
"There are so many different kinds of jobs and so many ways to contribute either in Canada or overseas," adds Jurisic. "But whether they're here or abroad everyone feels we have a role in nation-building. It's what our people are passionate about."
That sentiment permeates the organization, says Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations Robert Orr. "Each day, I am impressed by the commitment of the IRCC team, and the results speak for themselves," he says. "It's a huge privilege to work with so many talented and motivated colleagues."