Ikea commits to hiring refugees in Edmonton

Ikea commits to hiring refugees in Edmonton

Company will recruit staff through partnership with local agency for newcomers

Ikea Edmonton has partnered up with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers to recruit and hire refugees to work in its store. 

The initiative is part of a national program launched by Ikea Canada, which aims to hire 250 refugees over three years. 

The program will provide valuable work experience for refugees in Edmonton, said Laurie Hauer, manager of employment programs with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN).

The company will benefit from having a more diverse workforce, said Ikea Canada’s head of sustainability, Brendan Seale.

Ikea Edmonton and EMCN are beginning the hiring process next week. 

The EMCN will help with the recruitment aspect, striving to match refugees with work that will make use of their skills.

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