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What We Do

The DiversityCanada Foundation is a national non-profit, non-charitable, non-partisan organization. Our activities are funded by donations, sponsorships, corporate user fees, public project-based funding, and the generous services of our cherished volunteers. We provide free services to job candidates, youth, seniors, consumers, and other participants in our programs.

 

WORKFORCE PROJECTS

We work through several channels delivering career information to help job seekers become job-ready, and acting as a bridge to link job seekers with employers who have career opportunities.

Online: In partnership with Maplejobs Inc., the DiversityCanada Foundation operates
DiversityCanada.com and previously also provided the website NorthONJobs.com.

Through DiversityCanada.com, we seek to develop the labour force belonging to the equity groups across Canada and to connect jobseekers in the equity groups with employers who have career opportunities across Canada.

From 2004 to 2015, NorthONJobs.com worked to develop the Northern Ontario labour force and to connect jobseekers with employers who provided career opportunities in Northern Ontario. One of our aims was to encourage new Canadians to explore opportunities outside the traditional urban centers to which many migrate, and to promote greater diversity in rural Canada.

Additionally, we provide an online Career Center with multi-media resources to help job seekers prepare for the job market.

In Print: In partnership with Maplejobs Inc., the DiversityCanada Foundation has developed a career handbook and "print career fair" which aims: i) to enable job seekers to develop skills to make a successful transition to the labor market and ii) to provide them with assistance in seeking empoyers likely to have career opportunities.

Through DiversityCanada.com's Employers Want YOU career handbook, the DiversityCanada Foundation aims to develop the labour force among the equity groups across Canada and to connect jobseekers in equity groups with employers across Canada who are looking to diversify their workforce.

Through NorthONJobs.com's Employers Want YOU career handbook, the DiversityCanada Foundation worked to develop the Northern Ontario labour force and to connect jobseekers from across Canada with employers who offered career opportunities in Northern Ontario.

 

YOUTH PROJECTS

Supporting Career Growth: In partnership with the Canadian Federal Government (through Service Canada), the DiversityCanada Foundation in 2006 offered post-secondary graduates the opportunity to launch their careers. Under the Career Enhancer Internship Project, the DiversityCanada Foundation made eight positions available in Ontario. These paid internships provided youth with the opportunity to gain experience, to enhance their skills, and to make a successful transition to the world of work.

In partnership with the Canadian Federal Government (through the Department of International Trade), in 2006/2007 the DiversityCanada Foundation offered post-secondary graduates the opportunity to launch their careers internationally. Under the Career Enhancer Foreign Internship Project (CEFIP), the DiversityCanada Foundation made 10 positions available. These placements were for six months with some of the leading companies, financial institutions and non-profit organizations in Europe, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, as well as in the United States. These paid internships with organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the Junior Chamber International, provided youth with the opportunity to gain experience, to enhance their skills, and to make a successful transition to the world of work.

Listening To Youth: Recognizing that steady youth out-migration poses a threat to the future of Northern Ontario, the DiversityCanada Foundation launched a writing competition to find possible solutions by listening to those who best understand the problem. Targeted at Northern Ontario youth and entitled the NorthONJobs.com Essay Contest, the initiative sought to encourage youth to consider the region as a place to live and work. It also sought to give youth an opportunity to voice their opinions about the region so that government bodies and employers would understand how to retain youth in Northern Ontario. This project received enthusiastic support of the Northern Ontario business community and included participation by the Ontario Government.

 

SENIORS PROJECTS

The DiversityCanada Foundation recognises the value of the contribution seniors have made to society and the wealth of skills and knowledge seniors have to offer, even in retirement. We believe there is great benefit to be derived by seniors and all of society when seniors are given the opportunity to remain fully integrated and active in their communities.

Golden Voices: Through our GoldenVoices.com project, we give seniors the opportunity to share their views and opinions so society can better understand their concerns and perspectives. In this series of interviews conducted by seniors themselves with their peers, seniors also tell of their personal trials and triumphs spanning several decades, right up to the present. Through their sometimes poignant and often humourous stories, seniors offer a source of inspiration to their peers and to younger generations facing life's everyday challenges.

Senior Volunteerism: Through our Elliot Lake Seniors Skills Database project, we leveraged the power and reach of the Internet to allow service organizations in Canada's preeminent seniors' community to showcase their work and volunteer opportunities in order to help them better connect with seniors who desire to contribute their time and experience to worthy endeavours.

 

CONSUMER PROJECTS

From 2012 to 2016, the DiversityCanada Foundation spearheaded a consumer education and mobilisation campaign on behalf of prepaid wireless consumers nationwide in a fight against unfair practices. Prepaid wireless consumers include some of the most vulnerable in our society, among them pensioners, youth, minimum-wage workers, persons receiving disability benefits, the unemployed, and newcomers to Canada.

DiversityCanada advocated for the rights of this vulnerable segment of the wireless market by submitting interventions to the industry's regulatory body, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission with respect to the establishment of Canada's Wireless Code. DiversityCanada Foundation executive director Celia Sankar was also the lead plaintiff in an Ontario class action lawsuit on behalf of prepaid wireless customers.

Additionally, DiversityCanada represented vulnerable Canadians before the Commission on issues such as the role of payphones in Canada; the removal of the last payphone in a community; and the extension of the Do Not Call List, among several other topics.