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Helping Skilled Newcomers Become Job Ready

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario bridge training has a proven record of helping skilled newcomers get licensed and get work in their fields of expertise.

Bridge training helps internationally trained workers adapt their experience and skills to the Ontario job market without duplicating their previous education or training. The training helps them develop the technical, cultural or language skills they need to succeed. 

The province is supporting 70 new and renewed projects that will help over 11,000 skilled newcomers across Ontario. The projects support a broad range of professions including: IT, law, health care, engineering, and business administration.

Four University of Toronto programs have received funding to provide occupation-specific training, licensure preparation, and employment experience to help internationally educated physiotherapists, engineers, lawyers and business professionals get jobs and contribute to Ontario's economy: 

Ontario Internationally Educated Physiotherapists Bridging Program 

  • Delivered by the University of Toronto's Department of Physical Therapy.
  • Assists internationally educated physiotherapists to obtain registration and employment in their field.
  • Includes both on-line and on-campus face-to-face delivery, has a clinical skills lab and offers a clinical internship.
  • Program components include: credential and language assessments, development of  E-Portfolio, workplace culture and communication training, employment services (e.g., counselling, job search strategies, resume preparation, mentoring, interview coaching and workplace integration strategies), work experience through internships and clinical placements, and exam preparation for both the Objective Structured Clinical Examination and the Physiotherapy Competency Examination.

Internationally Trained Lawyers Program
  • Provides a comprehensive set of services that address the needs of internationally trained lawyers, from the time they enter Canada and begin the certification process by preparing them for the accreditation examinations, to the time they are registered with the Law Society of Upper Canada, licensed to practise law in Ontario and employed in their field.

Business Edge: A Program for Internationally Educated Professionals
  • Helps internationally trained professionals advance in their careers by providing personal assessments, one-on-one support and job shadowing opportunities, and assistance in developing customized career strategies and action plans.


Licensing International Engineers into the Profession
  • Offered by the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies in collaboration with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering for Internationally Trained Engineers in Ontario.
  • Helps participants improve engineering-specific language and workplace culture and communication skills.
  • Provides engineering courses specified by Professional Engineers Ontario to meet license requirements, including a customized course for engineering innovation and the green economy, industry-based internship/mentoring, and help finding employment in the field.

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