Ontario helping newcomers get jobs
The Ontario government is investing $27.4 million in 40 bridge training programs to help newcomers get jobs in their field quickly. The federal government is contributing $8.1 million of the total funding.
These projects provide occupation-specific language training, mentorship, skills assessment and work experience needed for various professions.
These projects are offered in the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener-Waterloo Region, Hamilton, London, Niagara Region, and Ottawa.
Greater Toronto Area
Total Funding - $14,139,542
George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology - (Two Programs)
- Research/Technology - A 12-month program for post-graduates who want to work in positions that apply theoretical research to commercial applications. Amount - $399,050
- Health Care -- A program to better meet the particular needs of health care workers, including occupation-specific language training. Amount - $354,530
University of Toronto - (Three Programs)
- Pharmacists - A project to have the Faculty of Pharmacy's language assessment tool professionally recognized. Amount - $192,630
- Physicians - A 40-hour language-training program that is part of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario's Communication and Cultural Competence project. Amount - $177,400
- Project Managers - A program to help prepare people from a variety of backgrounds for careers in project management. Amount - $720,000
Ryerson University - (Four Programs)
- Nutritionists and Dietitians - An expanded program to develop online pre-arrival assessment and orientation resources to help food and nutrition professionals prepare for practice before arriving in Canada. Amount - $1,000,000
- Social Workers - An expanded program for under-serviced regions of Ontario and new pre-arrival services through online delivery. Amount - $1,000,000
- Various - A program to assess prior experience and learning not captured by existing assessment programs. Amount - $1,200,000
- Physiotherapists - A program to help 44 physiotherapists get registered by providing occupation-specific language training as well as patient interaction and exam skills.
Amount - $1,601,525
World Education Services
- Various - A program to provide foreign credential assessment services to internationally trained professionals, employers, academic institutions and regulatory bodies. Amount - $500,000
Canadian Mothercraft Society
- Early Child Educators - A project to prepare 45 early childhood educators to get an Ontario-approved diploma and registration as ECEs. Amount - $341,699
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
- Engineers - A program to design a pre-exam course to prepare engineers to write the Professional Practice Examination, part of the licensure process for engineers.
Amount - $83,800
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
- Engineers - A three-month project to provide 40 environmental engineers with occupation-specific language and workplace culture training, technical standards training and job experience.
Amount - $379,867
- Human Resources - A program to help recruit human resources professionals to find work in their field. Amount - $345,632
- Financial Services - A program to help 30 individuals get financial services certification by developing a curriculum that includes technical training and occupation-specific language instruction. Amount - $122,293
Community MicroSkills Development Centre
- Manufacturing - This program, in partnership with the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council, will help 225 trained individuals prepare for employment in the supply chain sector.
Amount - $1,251,188
Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
- Engineers - A project to assist trained civil, mechanical and electrical engineers prepare for employment by providing engineering software training and job search support. Amount - $1,251,117
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
- Various - A project to help employers in York and Peel regions develop the skills and tools to effectively recruit, hire and retain internationally trained individuals. Amount - $553,800
Skills for Change
- Various - This project will prepare industrial electricians, construction and maintenance electricians and industrial mechanics to write and pass their qualification exams and find work in their field. Amount - $1,240,243
Accessible Community Counseling and Employment Services
- Sales/Marketing - A program to help prepare for employment, including mock interviews, language training and workplace etiquette. Amount - $505,397
Halton Multicultural Council
- Accountants/Bookkeepers - Participants receive language, accounting-specific computer training and work placements in a program that is expanding to Peel Region. Amount - $919,371
Total Funding - $1,447,677
University of Waterloo
- Optometrists - Six on-line courses and tools to measure language, training and experience. Amount - $431,875
- Various - A program to help individuals become successful entrepreneurs through a combination of skill and language workshops, coaching and mentoring.
Amount - $517,668
The Working Centre
- Social Workers - A six-month program to prepare for registration or employment, including language training and working skills. Amount - $498,134
Total Funding - $640,281
Fanshawe College - (Two programs)
- Electrical/Electronics Technicians - A program to assist individuals to get certificates and employment in the electrical/electronics technology field. Amount - $183,190
- Nurses - A program to help individuals get licensed and employed by providing job-specific language training, mentoring and clinical placements. Amount - $182,946
WIL Counseling for Training and Employment
- Various - This project will engage 50 'employer leaders' to take the lead in hiring and encouraging others to hire internationally trained individuals. Amount - $274,145
Total Funding - $2,289,869
Catholic Immigration Centre
- Physicians - Program to help individuals to enter qualifying programs or get their medical license. Amount - $450,000
- Engineers - A project to help 40 civil engineers meet the requirements to practice as Civil Engineering Technologists in Ontario. Amount - $1,000,000
LASI World Skills
- Various - The 'Skills Match Network' program will match the skills and experience of qualified people to the employment needs of area employers. Amount - $839,269
Hamilton Niagara Area
Total Funding - $2,485,627
Settlement and Integration Services Organization (SISO) - (Two programs)
- Finance - Program to help trained individuals in the accounting, banking and finance sectors get certification or employment. Amount - $468,952
- Various - Program to help individuals prepare for employment in their fields by providing access to cultural and communication training and professional networks.
Amount - $362,834
- Nurses - A project to improve the language skills of internationally educated nurses.
Amount - $346,025
- Occupational Therapists - A five-course program that will prepare internationally trained Occupational Therapists to write the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists certification examination.
Amount - $519,300
Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
- Nurses - Training to prepare internationally educated nurses for clinical training, including language training, critical thinking and nursing practices. Amount - $408,047
St. Catharines Unemployed Help Centre, Inc.
- Various - A program to help individuals get their license/certificate or employment in their field by providing language assessment, referrals for credential assessment and further ESL instruction. Amount - $380,469
Total Funding - $6,198,477
Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
- Medical Laboratory Technologists - A project to establish language proficiency standards for internationally trained medical laboratory technologists seeking to enter the profession in Ontario. Amount - $87,400
Association of Ontario Land Surveyors
- Land Surveyors - A project to develop new processes to better assist land surveyors to become registered in their field. Amount - $667,699
College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario
- Radiation Technologists - A project to expand the options for assessing language proficiency. Amount - $115,940
- Various - A project to help Ontario colleges better assess the specific learning needs of internationally trained individuals (ITI) to help them enter the workforce more quickly.
Amount - $5,327,438