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Improving Job Opportunities For Skilled Newcomers

McGuinty Government Investing In Bridge Training Programs

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Internationally trained newcomers to Ontario will have greater opportunities to work in their fields as a result of expanded bridge training programs at York University.

The province is investing $5.2 million towards the university's new bridge training programs for information technologists and business professionals, in addition to an existing nursing program.

Bridge training programs help newcomers trained overseas get the local training they need to find a job in their field and contribute to Ontario's economy. The programs provide a variety of transitional supports such as international skills assessment, technical training, local work experience, occupation specific language training and mentorships.

Support for these programs is part of the government's plan to strengthen the economy by investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, bridge training programs have helped more than 30,000 newcomers get jobs and get licensed in their field.
  • About 70 per cent of Ontario's adult newcomers have post-secondary education or training.

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“Today's investment means more internationally trained newcomers will get jobs that match their education, skills and experience. This is good news for newcomers, our community and the economy.”

Mario Sergio

MPP York West

“Ontario's newcomers are both educated and skilled. This investment in bridge training will help employers access their qualifications and talent sooner.”

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“Once again, the McGuinty government has shown it understands that an investment in postsecondary education is an investment in Ontario's future. This funding is a vote of confidence for internationally trained newcomers and for York University.”

Mamdouh Shoukri

President and Vice-Chancellor of York University



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