Provincial government invests over $3.6 million to get foreign trained workers on the job

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Provincial government invests over $3.6 million to get foreign trained workers on the job

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - The Ontario government has committed more than $3.6 million to help foreign-trained workers gain speedier access to their professions and trades, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced today.
"The Ontario government is taking action to allow qualified, foreign- trained Ontarians to meet provincial standards and make it easier for them to contribute to our growing economy," Cunningham said. "Bridge training programs will help Ontario meet the challenge posed by an aging workforce and increased demand for skilled workers."
Pilot training programs will be developed in nine sectors experiencing skills shortages. The programs will provide foreign-trained Ontarians with the skills and knowledge they need to practise their profession or skilled trade in the province, without duplicating what they have already learned elsewhere. These innovative programs are being developed by partnerships including employers, regulators, colleges and universities, labour representatives, and community-based agencies.
The $3.6 million investment is the first of a three-year commitment to develop effective and tested programs for foreign-trained Ontarians. The programs will receive additional funding over the next two years and will be self-sustaining within three years. They are expected to be in operation and accepting participants by the end of 2004.
"Attracting the world's brightest and best is the part of the government's plan to manage skills shortages and keep Ontario competitive," Cunningham said. "These bridging programs will assist these talented immigrants in pursuing their careers and making full use of their skills and knowledge, contributing to economic growth and job creation."
"Working with the Ontario government and Vitesse Re-Skilling, we are developing a bridge training program that will help the biotechnology industry quickly involve foreign-trained specialists in new projects so that we can help industry meet labour demands and stay competitive," said Ken Lawless, Executive Director of the Ottawa Life Sciences Council.
The nine programs mark the first investment from a $12-million, three- year commitment that was announced in the 2001 Ontario budget. The new programs will build on the experience of earlier programs for foreign-trained pharmacists and nurses. Announcements about further investments in new bridging programs will follow.


Ontario government investment in bridge training programs to help
foreign-trained Ontarians put their skills to work

The provincial government's $3.6-million investment in nine bridge training programs will develop effective and tested training programs to provide foreign-trained Ontarians with the skills and knowledge they need to practise their occupation, profession or skilled trade in the province, without duplicating what they have already learned elsewhere.
These programs mark the first investment from a $12 million, three-year commitment that was announced in the 2001 Ontario budget. The programs are expected to be in operation and accepting students across Ontario by the end of 2004.

Project Title Project partners Description Investment
this year $
Access and The Michener Institute for Offers customized, 883,432
Options for Applied Health Sciences modular program
Foreign-trained (lead), George Brown leading to
Health Care College, Skills for Change, employment and
Professionals College of Medical licensing in
Laboratory Technologists critical health
of Ontario, College of care professions
Medical Radiation - medical radiation
Technologists of Ontario, technologists,
College of Respiratory medical laboratory
Therapists of Ontario, technologists,
Canadian Society for respiratory
Medical Laboratory Science, therapists.
Canadian Association of
Medical Radiation
Technologists, Canadian
Society of Respiratory
Therapists, clinical
partners, GED Achievement
Access to Ryerson University (lead), Builds on existing 594,320
Midwifery Pre- College of Midwives of prior learning and
registration Ontario, Association of experience assessment
Program Ontario Midwives program by providing
educational components
needed to prepare
midwives to apply for
license to practice in
Alternative Queen's University (lead), Expedites access to 546,775
Teacher Ottawa-Carleton District certification by
Accreditation School Board, LASI (Local offering training
Program for Agencies Serving during two summers
Teachers with Immigrants) World Skills before and after
International required practicum
Experience year, allowing teachers
to continue working
while attending school.
Bridges to Georgian College (lead), Prepares precision 258,225
Employment Simcoe County Training machining and tooling
Board, Automotive Parts tradespersons to write
Manufacturers' Association, certification exam or
Global Placement Services qualify for exemption
from part of
apprenticeship training.
Health George Brown College Helps meet 222,372
Informatics and (lead), COSTI Immigration challenges of the
Financial Services, industry knowledge economy,
Services advisory committee by providing a
Bridging career path as
Project: George health informatics
Brown Computer and financial
Diploma services programmers
for engineers,
technicians, and
others with computer
Preparation for Fanshawe College, 3M Addresses major 234,580.00
Apprenticeship, Canada Inc. shortages in
Trades and skilled construction
Technology trades (plumbing,
sheet metal, carpentry)
and manufacturing
trades (precision metal
cutting) by preparing
participants for
Preparation for Mohawk College (lead), Provides foreign- 276,696
Registration College of Medical trained medical
for Medical Laboratory Technologists laboratory
Laboratory of Ontario, Canadian technologists or
Technologists Society for Medical other medical
Laboratory Science, professionals
Hamilton Health Sciences interested in an
and St. Joseph's alternative career
Healthcare with opportunities
to gain clinical
competencies and
prepare for licensing.
Three Choices: Algonquin College (lead), Provides customized 221,148
New options for University of Ottawa, program including
Foreign-trained LASI (Local Agencies assessment, training
Nurses seeking Serving Immigrants) World and clinical
Employment in Skills, Ottawa Civic placement leading to
Ontario Hospital a license in nursing
or related occupations
Vitesse Vitesse Re-Skilling Canada Re-skills engineers 409,638
Biotechnology (lead), LASI (Local and life sciences
Bridging Agencies Serving professionals for
Program for Immigrants) World Skills, careers as
Foreign-trained Canadian Bioprocess bioprocessing and
Professionals Institute, Ottawa Life bioinformatics
Skills Council specialists in
emerging employment
Total investment
this year $ 3,647,186

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For further information: Dave Ross, Minister's office, (416) 326-1625; Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709