For third consecutive year Loblaw earns distinction as one of the Best
Employers for New Canadians
BRAMPTON, ON, March 12, 2013 /CNW/ - (TSX: L) - For the third consecutive year
Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) has been named one of the Best Employers for
New Canadians by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The award commends Loblaw for its
efforts in creating a workplace that is inclusive and respectful of ethnic
diversity. This recognition reflects positively the Company's commitment to
Reflect our Nation's Diversity, one of five Corporate Social Responsibility
principles that shape the way Loblaw does business.
"Loblaw is honoured to be recognized once again as one of the Best Employers
for New Canadians. We are proud of the impact that our recruitment and
orientation approach and processes have had in enabling and supporting a
workplace culture that contributes to successful integration of our new
colleagues," says Judy McCrie, executive vice president, Human Resources and
Labour Relations, Loblaw Companies Limited.
Loblaw's diversity efforts are spearheaded by its Inclusion Council, made up
of senior leaders from across the organization. The mandate of the Inclusion
Council is to ensure that Loblaw's commitment to creating an inclusive and
respectful workplace is met. Loblaw also has an Inclusion Toolkit that helps
hiring managers, recruiters, and Human Resources Representatives recruit and
orient diverse colleagues.
Here are some reasons why Loblaw earned its place on the Best Employers for
New Canadians list:
Loblaw is committed to reducing the employment barriers for recent immigrants
and understands the importance of recognizing foreign credentials. For
eligible colleagues across the organization, Loblaw offers financial
assistance to those wishing to upgrade their international credentials and
Loblaw is committed to ensuring that cultural, religious and language needs of
new Canadians are recognized and respected through a variety of initiatives.
At the stores and store support offices, Loblaw employees have access to
diverse food options in cafeterias and opportunities to educate colleagues
about religious observances and their importance. At the store support office
in Brampton, Loblaw colleagues also have access to Reflection/Quiet rooms.
An online training course introduces managers and colleagues to resources and
information related to cross-cultural issues and inclusiveness to ensure a
The Loblaw buddy and lunch program gives colleagues the chance to meet new
people and share their cultures and backgrounds. The buddy program pairs all
new hires with a colleague to assist with transition into the workplace.
Whenever possible, buddies are assigned based on a shared second-language or
other similarities. At the store support centre in Brampton, Loblaw has a
lunch program where colleagues who speak or want to practice languages other
than English can get together.
Loblaw works with various community organizations including Career Edge
Organization to match the resumes of new Canadian jobseekers with meaningful
work experiences. To ensure that new Canadians who apply for positions are
considered fairly, Loblaw's Inclusion Toolkit equips Loblaw recruiters with
resources so that they can better understand foreign credentials, as well as
important cultural competencies and differences.
Now in its sixth year, the Best Employers for New Canadians award is a
national award that recognizes Canada's best employers for recent immigrants.
These employers offer programs that assist new Canadians in transitioning to a
new workplace - and a new life in Canada.
About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is Canada's
largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise
and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest private
sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and franchised
stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ more than
134,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store
formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and
successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household
demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private)
label program, including the unique President's Choice(®), no name(®) and
Joe Fresh(®) brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers
President's Choice Financial(® )services and offers the PC(®) points loyalty
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