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An Amazon Canada employee uses personal experience to help shape the company’s refugee support program

Amazon Canada’s Refugee Career Day is on November 3rd, 2022

Since he arrived in Canada as a refugee 20 years ago, Bellal Faroqi has been a champion for his community. Having been a dedicated volunteer for many years, he was recognized by the Honourable Michael Chan, former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Minister of Tourism and Culture, in 2015 with a 5-year volunteer service award for his contributions to refugee organizations in Canada. Since joining Amazon Canada six months ago, he has been working as an immigration support specialist, raising the bar for new comers and refugees within the company. As part of this role, he is involved in the review of immigration processes, the identification of blockers, and the design of solutions to improve the employee experience.

 “I heard a lot of great things about working at Amazon,” he said. “Including their current immigration program – Welcome Door – as well its broader commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. I felt like this role would enable me to give back to the refugee community in Canada.”

Since joining the company he’s contributed to the Amazon Canada Refugee Support Program which launched in June 2022. The program has given $250,000 to settlement organizations in Canada, partnered with Habitat for Humanity Canada to help create affordable housing, and hosted a series of refugee career days, the latest of which will be held on November 3rd, 2022.

The upcoming Refugee Career Day will host virtual booths set up by job type, including technical and non-technical roles at Amazon, jobs with human resources, and positions in fulfillment centers. Participants will be able to enter a booth to view job postings and information, and request to speak one-on-one with Amazon representatives. The event will feature livestream presentations on interviewing at Amazon, resume writing, and employee benefits at Amazon, as well as an Affinity Network and Immigration Question booth which includes how to navigate the immigration process and support offered by Amazon.

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The Honourable John McCallum PC, former Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and board member of Talent Beyond Boundaries with Bellal Faroqi

Bellal is also leading the development of a new employee resource group called, Refugees and Newcomers at Amazon Canada, for employees who identify in those categories in Canada and their allies. This group will officially launch in January 2023 and address a range of migration issues at the local, provincial and federal levels such as resettlement, accommodation, housing, immigration, social and labour integration. The members working on these issues will share examples of effective approaches, identify gaps and explore ideas for joint action

“We are a community for Amazonians interested in support initiatives dedicated to addressing the day-to-day challenges of resettlement to Canada,” Faroqi said, “The mission of this new employee resource  group is to facilitate, engage, promote, and strengthen the diverse culture of new Canadians at Amazon by creating a sense of belonging and inclusion to our workplace. Amazon Canada career day is a great place to start if someone is looking to join us.”.”

Anyone interested in the Amazon Canada Refugee Career Day can find more information and register for the event at www.amzn.to/refugee.

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