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McGuinty Government Invests in Skills Training

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario is helping 1,265 skilled newcomers prepare to get jobs that match their education, qualifications and experience.

The province is supporting eight successful bridge training programs in Ottawa, Toronto and London that help internationally trained individuals adapt their education, experience and skills to the Ontario job market, without duplicating their previous learning or training. 

Newcomers who have been educated or who have trained internationally in a range of professions, including civil engineering, nursing, dieticians, midwifery, social work and skilled construction trades can take part in this program. 

Support for bridge training programs is an important part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to strengthen the economy by investing in the skills and knowledge of all Ontarians.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $3.6 million to support these programs.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has helped about 40,000 skilled newcomers in more than 100 different professions get licensed and find jobs in their field through bridge training programs.
  • Two out of three adult newcomers to Ontario have post-secondary education or training.
  • Almost half of all newcomers to Canada choose to settle in Ontario.

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“Ontario bridge training programs work. We're continuing our investment in bridge training because our government knows that helping our newcomers find good jobs is an economic imperative for Ontario. When newcomers succeed, Ontario succeeds.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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