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Partners in Progress: IBC partners with Skills Ontario to support Indigenous initiatives

Toronto, Ontario — The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has officially come on board as a partner of Skills Ontario’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program, with plans to support the organization’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) initiatives.

Skills Ontario regularly hosts information sessions aimed at attracting underrepresented populations, namely Black, Indigenous and new Canadian youth, to the opportunities available in the skilled trades sector.

Additionally, Skills Ontario has hosted numerous college recruitment events centred around Indigenous students in the past, as well as annual FNMI Student Conferences held in conjunction with the Skills Ontario provincial competition.

“IBC is pleased to support Skills Ontario and the important work the organization is doing to encourage everyone to consider a rewarding career as a skilled trade and technology professional,” said IBC v-p of Ontario, Kim Donaldson.

“The insurance industry relies on skilled trade professionals to repair homes, businesses or vehicles that have sustained an insured loss. We want to do our part to help close the skilled trade gap, as a complement to our industry’s sustained efforts to bring in talent to the property and casualty insurance sector.”

Details for FNMI initiatives and events for 2023 have yet to be published, however, a back catalogue of recordings from college recruitment sessions can be found here.

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