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Language Training Supports Newcomers in the Workplace

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Language Training Supports Newcomers in the Workplace

McGuinty Government Providing Newcomers With The Skills To Succeed

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is supporting 31 language training programs that will help thousands of newcomers land jobs and be more successful in their current jobs.

Job-specific language training strengthens language skills, with a specific focus on the language used in the workplace. This helps newcomers strengthen their language skills so they can get jobs that reflect their qualifications or function more effectively in their current jobs.

The province is providing $4.3 million to 16 school boards who will deliver the new language training programs.  Some of these programs will include classes taught directly in the workplace.

Supporting language training is part of the government's Open Ontario plan to strengthen the province's economy by investing in the skills and education of all Ontarians.

Quick Facts

  • Two-thirds of newcomers have post-secondary education or training.
  • This year, the province is investing more than $64 million to help more than 120,000 newcomers get the language training they need.
  • Since 2003, the Ontario government has invested more than $700 million in programs and services to help newcomers settle, get job-ready and licensed to work.
  • Adult non-credit ESL/FSL language training courses are delivered in over 400 locations across the province by 38 school boards.

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“Good language skills are the foundation for success for newcomers. This investment helps newcomers improve their language skills, contribute to the workforce, and help build a stronger Ontario. We are an Open Ontario and are committed to creating a province where all Ontarians can contribute.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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