Destination Employment

The Destination Employment program helps newcomers to Canada gain meaningful employment in Canadian hotels, giving them the experience they need to build a successful future in Canada.

This initiative is a win-win for both hoteliers and newcomers to Canada. Hoteliers are faced with an existing problem filling the job vacancies they already have, and newcomers to Canada need opportunities to find employment once they settle in Canada.

In addition, the program is a win for the Government of Canada, as it provides a new approach to help integrate newcomers (including refugees) and creates an opportunity for them to obtain their first Canadian workplace experience. The program may also be replicated in other areas of the tourism sector or in other sectors of the economy looking for labour.


To be eligible for this program, you must reside in Canada and are either:

  • Permanent residents of Canada (with PR card or conformation of permanent residence letter)


  • A Protected Person and/or Convention refugee with a valid work permit

Employers must be willing to:

  • Hire program participants in permanent (or recurring seasonal) positions
  • Commit the time and support of a designated staff member to mentor program participants
  • Document and explain how hiring newcomers to Canada will help address their business challenges and objectives
  • Work with existing community organizations, partners and services to support newcomers to Canada with other settlement needs that may arise
  • Participate in program evaluation activities, as required
  • Provide program participants with wages and benefits that are commensurate with the demands of their employment, based on Canadian standards
  • Provide flexibility for training, as required

More Information

For more information on getting involved in this innovative pilot project in Atlantic Canada, contact:

Lisa Dahr

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Funded by/Financé par :