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Helping Skilled Newcomers Find Jobs

Taking Strong Action To Grow Ontario's Economy

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Ontario and Canada are working together to help more than 11,000 skilled newcomers get the training and support they need to find work in their fields and contribute to Ontario's economy.

Four bridge training projects at the University of Toronto for internationally educated physiotherapists, engineers, lawyers and business professionals will receive multi-year funding to help highly skilled immigrants get licensed and find jobs. The projects will run until 2014.

Seventy Ontario bridge training projects are being offered in the Greater Toronto Area, York Region, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Niagara, Thunder Bay, North Bay, Kingston and Ottawa. The projects will provide occupation-specific training, licensure preparation, and Canadian work experience to skilled newcomers.

Helping skilled newcomers succeed is key to Ontario's economic growth and prosperity. A strong economy creates jobs for Ontarians and protects the services that mean most to families - health care and education.

Quick Facts

  • More than 11,000 skilled newcomers will get training and support through these projects.
  • Over $57 million is being invested in 70 new and renewed projects across the province.
  • Ontario is investing $35 million and the Government of Canada is investing up to $22 million.
  • The projects will benefit skilled newcomers in a broad range of professions including: IT, law, health care, engineering, green economy and business administration.
  • Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested more than $240 million to help 50,000 highly skilled newcomers get licensed and Canadian job experience.

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“Bridge training projects have a proven track record of success. In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever that we help our skilled newcomers put their talents to work in Ontario's economy. When newcomers succeed, Ontario succeeds.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

“Helping skilled immigrants in Ontario enter and integrate quickly into the Canadian labour market is part of the federal government's plan for economic growth. The federal government is committed to helping newcomers to Ontario succeed.”

Jason Kenney

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

“The U of T's bridge training programs - from Pharmacy to Physiotherapy and beyond - help in-demand professionals to find work in their fields. This strengthens Canada's capacity to attract and retain talented people from around the world - and that is crucial in our efforts to build a prosperous, successful society. The government deserves credit for this very smart investment.”

David Naylor

University of Toronto

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