OUR IMPACT

For over 20 years, Career Edge has done more than just help individuals find jobs
and connect organizations with their next employees.

We've been changing lives.

An internship program
20 years in the making

Since 1996, Career Edge has helped connect thousands of skilled and qualified talent with employers of all sizes, from all sectors – and we’ve done it all through paid internships.

5%

Percentage at which youth employment dropped from 2005 to 2015 (from 57.2% to 51.9%)

30%

In 2014, the employment rate of Canadians with disabilities remained at 30% below the general population.

3%

In 2015, immigrants’ employment rate is 3% less than the national average.

Why it matters

Many Canadians are facing employment barriers; unable to launch meaningful careers, stuck in the ‘no experience, no job; no job, no experience’ cycle.

Which is why the Career Edge program is so important.

We’ve built an internship program on four pillars of success that empower Canadians to overcome barriers to employment, gain valuable and relevant work experience, expand their professional network, and launch meaningful careers that support their livelihood in Canada.

PILLARS OF SUCCESS

Coaching & Mentoring
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
Knowledge Transfer
Networking Opportunities

John Tory

City of Toronto Mayor   |   Keynote Speaker, Career Edge’s 20th Anniversary Gala

“This program proved that there were lots of companies in Toronto who were prepared to give these candidates a chance…Like everything else, there’s a multiplier effect to that – if 13,000 people have had their careers founded in effect, or put on a solid foundation by Career Edge, think about the families, think about the relatives, think about the people who, in some cases, rely on those 13,000 people today for their own jobs, because somebody was able to achieve success in our own country.

 

And I think the companies that stepped up did so knowing that, yes, it was in their own self-interest in two respects – first, they got great people and secondly, they knew as business people, that this would contribute for the overall health of our economy and our social fabric in cities like Toronto and across the country. But my own experience tells me, from helping organizations like Career Edge, that a lot of people that signed up for programs like this, did it because they knew it was the right thing to do.”

Newcomers to Canada

According to the 2016 Census, landed immigrants median incomes have hit a record high since 1981, reaching $29,770 per year.

However, newcomers to Canada still earn significantly less than their non-immigrant counterparts in the majority of Canada, with the widest gap witnessed in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario, respectively.

Non-Immigrants

$36,300

Immigrants

$29,770

Yet, thanks to a successful and supportive internship model, Career Edge interns earned equal to

100%

or greater than

150%

Canadians’ average salaries, following their internship placements.

Additionally, over the past two years, our alumni have generated over

14000000
in new permanent wages into the Canadian economy.

Graduates with Disabilities

The employment rate for Canadians with a disability remained significantly below the general population. But that didn’t stop us.

Through the Career Edge internship program, support from our dedicated Talent Specialists, and guidance from inclusive organizations, graduates with disabilities were provided with the opportunity to pursue valuable and meaningful employment opportunities, empowering them to launch careers that utilized their full potential.

In fact, last year alone, recruitment of graduates with disabilities increased by 32%.

“Because of the incredible opportunities I was given to learn and explore, I discovered skills I didn’t even know I had! Never would I have ever imagined technology and data analysis as my strengths.”

 

Ayesha Zubair
Analyst, Enterprise Talent Sourcing Programs, RBC
Career Edge Alumna & Graduate with a Disability (2012)

 

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"Following my internship, I was offered a position that required three to five years of experience. I only had one. I’m now on my way to a rewarding civilian career, still doing what I love."

Canadian Armed Forces

Our paid internship program also supported the Canadian Armed Forces. Supported by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and in partnership with the Department of National Defence (DND), we helped members of Canada’s Primary Reserve force secure paid internship opportunities that align with their civilian career goals, while also enabling them to continue serving their local reserve unit.

Thanks to their extensive military experience, CAF Reservists offered our employer partner unique technical and soft skills that are highly transferable and valuable to a civilian workplace.

Wen Jun (Roy) Liang

Adrienne Boyd

Natalie Pedrosa

Olusola Omoni

Ayesha Zubair

Sandra Shehadeh

Fenella Chiu

Asher Zafar

Lawrence Lau

Stacee Samuels

Vivian Li

Jonathon Borland

Success Stories

Since our launch, we’ve collected over 13,000 success stories – stories of candidates who have launched meaningful, valuable careers; stories of organizations who have found the perfect fit team member.

Armed with our pillars of success, almost 80% of Career Edge interns have been hired permanently at their host organization following their internships, meaning 4 out of every 5 interns converted into a permanent employee.

Plus, many of alumni go on to mentor Career Edge interns of their own. Alumni like Joshua Stainton at GE Canada.

Career Edge makes the recruitment process painless. They provide high quality applicants and they are always available for support. I would not hesitate to recommend Career Edge as a recruitment partner and in fact, I have recommended them to colleagues in other organizations.

Shirley Abi-AdHuman Resources Manager, Dr. Oetker

I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Career Edge in the past several years – placing interns and working directly with interns on my team. Career Edge is a wonderful organization that impacts the lives of many, and families and organization that see much benefit from this relationship.

Jenny PoulosSenior Vice President, P&CB HR and Global Recrutment, RBC

A very positive experience – I've had recruiters make promises in the past but never deliver. Career Edge has always delivered

Nicole BellTalent Acquisition Specialist, Ricoh Canada

Career Edge brings to life the opportunity to transform somebody's life. One at a time – linking great talent to organizations. It's an absolute pleasure to work with them; the passion of their core team, the commitment to support talent, and the service to deliver strong programs.

Deenah PatelSenior Director, Recruitment Marketing & Channel Strategy, RBC

Employers choose to work with Career Edge

Since our inception, over 1,000 employers have partnered with Career Edge to transform their workforce and help launch meaningful careers, where we’ve worked with over 200 organizations in any given year, connecting them with exceptional and skilled talent.

For our employers, choosing to work with Career Edge, year over year, was easy. Why? Because our paid internship program offers Canadian organizations:

Access to quality candidates
An opportunity to fulfill a social responsibility
Cost-effective recruitment solutions
High-touch and high value of service

Some of Career Edge's Employer Partners include: