Mentoring helps newcomers find jobs
McGuinty Government Expands Opportunities to Help Newcomers
Ontario is expanding a mentoring program so more newcomers can build networks that lead to jobs in their field.
In partnership with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), The Mentoring Partnership program, which pairs newcomers with local professionals in the same occupation, will be available to employers and newcomers outside the Greater Toronto Area. The program is currently offered in Toronto, Halton, Peel, and York.
Since 2004, this highly successful program has resulted in almost 80 per cent of participants finding jobs.
Some elements of the program are:
- Job preparation advice, technical skills upgrading, and information on potential employers.
- Sharing of knowledge, experience and professional networks.
- Development of leadership skills.
The Ontario government is investing $800,000 in The Mentoring Partnership program. Investing in people is a key part of Ontario's five-point economic plan.
- In 2007, 111,000 newcomers arrived in Ontario, approximately 47 per cent of Canada’s total.
- 17 of Ontario’s bridge training programs include a mentorship component.
- Since 2004, The Mentoring Partnership has matched more than 3,700 newcomers.
“Ontario’s growth depends on newcomers being able to put their skills to work quickly. Supporting mentoring and job training programs is an investment in Ontario’s future.”
“Through the hard work of TRIEC and others, more newcomers have been able to pursue their chosen careers, as well as providing unique experience and insight to the employers who have hired them.”