Jumpstart Refugee Talent is a refugee led non-profit organization and the only national organization exclusively serving refugees seeking meaningful economic inclusion. Founded in 2016, we focus on the economic empowerment of newly settled refugees in Canada by facilitating meaningful employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Jumpstart began as an organization focused on supporting Syrian newcomers in Toronto and has since grown to serving refugees from all backgrounds across Canada and works to address underemployment and economic inclusion.
We have worked with countless refugees who are extremely skilled and talented yet face systemic barriers to finding meaningful employment in their field. We believe Canadian society and our economy can benefit greatly by leveraging their skills to best use, rather than having refugees start at the bottom of the ladder. We also believe businesses can harness the ingenuity, perseverance, and cross-cultural thinking that refugees can offer, helping them to better innovate and compete in global markets.
We are made up of a network of board members, staff members and dedicated volunteers united by one common goal: to ensure the success and prosperity of refugees by enabling them to continue their careers and rebuild their lives in Canada.