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Who is eligible for this award?

A local business primarily owned and operated by a newcomer that has been in operation for at least 2 years, but not longer than 10 years. The business must demonstrate support for immigrant employment, contribution to the local economy, and commitment to community involvement.

Evaluation Criteria

1. Proportion of immigrant employees relative to the total number of non-immigrant employees (30% of the total score);

2. Presence of ethnically diverse team: no single ethnic group makes up more than 50% of the total number of employees (30% of the total score);

3. Gives back to the community through community involvement (e.g., mentorship/internship programs, the owner serves on boards/committees, organizes or contributes to community events, does charitable work) (40% of the total score).

* The term immigrant refers to recent and established newcomers whose education and work experience was mainly obtained outside of Canada.