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Occupation-specific language training

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Occupation-specific language training

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

The Ontario government is investing an additional $3.4 million over two years for job-specific language training. Launched in 2006, with an initial $2.2 million of funding, the Specialized Language Training Pilot Projects offer newcomers the opportunity to strengthen their language skills so they can land jobs that reflect their qualifications or function more effectively in jobs they currently hold.

Fifteen school boards across Ontario are offering occupation-specific language training in one of two ways:

  • Specialized language training for market sectors where there are needs for the skills and experience many newcomers have; and
  • English or French-as-a-Second-Language (E/FSL) upgrading for newcomers already in the workforce to improve their language skills at work.

School Boards and Associated Projects

District School Board

Occupation or Sector


*Steel & Manufacturing, *Forest Products & Research, *IT & Hospitality

Conseil des écoles catholiques de langue française du Centre-Est

FSL Hotel and Tourism; *FSL for Tourism

Dufferin-Peel Catholic

Financial, IT, Engineering, Medical/ Pharmaceutical/ Laboratory, Social Science


*Manufacturing & *Service Industry Sectors

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic

Accounting, Business and Finance


Health Care Sector

London District Catholic

Food and Beverage; Business/Clerical

Ottawa Carleton

Transportation (specifically school bus drivers)

Ottawa Catholic

Office Assistant; Retail Sales Sector


Customer Service Sector and Financial Service

Thames Valley

*Manufacturing/distribution, *Food Processing, *Food Production, *Service Industry, *IT

Toronto Catholic

Childcare Sector; *Home Health Care


1) Hospitality & Tourism
2) Home Healthcare
3) Seniors Activation
4) Health Care - Registered Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse
5) *Custodial, Parking & Security Staff
6) *Food & Beverage Processing
7) *Carpentry and Electrical
8) *Hospitality and Tourism

York Catholic

Health Care Sector; Accounting Sector;
*Manufacturing/ *Construction/ *Service Sector

York Region

Professional, Business Environments

* Denotes classes offered by employers to their staff in the workplace

Finding a class in your area:
Newcomers interested in the program should contact their local school board's Continuing Education program.



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