IKEA Canada is launching a coast-to-coast program that will support the company in hiring 250 refugees over the next three years. The program will help refugees join the workforce and develop new skills, supporting their integration into local communities across the country.
IKEA says that the company will benefit from their skills and talents in its stores and throughout its operations.
The program, announced this week, builds on a successful pilot program that began in June 2018. To support the new national program, IKEA Canada is announcing partnerships with 18 local agencies who will help the company reach and recruit refugees seeking employment, as well as provide support and advice to help them succeed as IKEA co-workers.
"At IKEA, we are guided by a simple, yet powerful vision: to create a better everyday life for the many people," said Michael Ward, President of IKEA Canada. "Our national refugee employment program will not only provide refugees with career opportunities and job training, but it also provides IKEA the opportunity to create a diverse and inclusive work environment where individual differences are celebrated."
In B.C., the IKEA locations in Coquitlam and Richmond, and at the Vancouver Customer Distribution Centre are set to partner with MOSAIC, S.U.C.C.E.S.S., and Progressive Intercultural Community Services.
"Canada is a global humanitarian leader because of the generosity of Canadians, who have helped refugees settle and integrate into Canadian society,” said Ahmed Hussen, Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “I commend IKEA Canada for its leadership in recognizing how the successful integration of refugees benefits us all."