Minister Kenney celebrates graduates of the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program

Ottawa, April 22, 2013 — This year, close to 70 graduates of the Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program can look forward to a better shot at success in the Canadian job market, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced at a graduation ceremony in Ottawa today.

“The Government of Canada is committed to helping newcomers successfully integrate into the Canadian economy as quickly as possible,” said Minister Kenney. “Obtaining Canadian work experience is a key part of success in Canada’s labour market and the FIN offers newcomers that valuable experience.”

Since the FIN Program was first launched in 2010, almost 200 newcomers in several cities across Canada have taken part and benefited.

The Program has a high success rate. Preliminary results indicate that over 70 percent of those who have participated in the Program were then able to enter the work force in their chosen profession.

The FIN Program provides permanent residents and new citizens temporary placements to gain the Canadian work experience they need to enter the Canadian work force. Newcomers who participate complete internships in fields such as policy, administration, finance, computer science, project management and science.

Employers who are interested in participating in the Program should contact

For further information on the Program, visit

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Photo of Minister Kenney will be available later today.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Alexis Pavlich
Minister’s Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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