Helping Over 6,000 Skilled Immigrants Find Jobs
Province Investing $9.4 Million in 10 New Bridge Training Projects
Ten new Ontario Bridge Training projects have launched to help more than 6,000 internationally trained people find jobs that match their skills and experience.
Over the next three years, these bridge training projects will help newcomers:
- Prepare for license or certification exams.
- Get job training.
- Build clinical and workplace experience.
- Assess their education and skills.
The projects are part of more than 80 active Bridge Training projects across the province that support a wide range of professions such as engineering, health care, business and information technology.
Maximizing Ontario's immigration programs is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Ontario has invested $9.4 million in these 10 new projects, as part of a three-year investment of $64 million.
- To date, there are more than 80 active bridge training projects across the province.
- Nearly three of every four working-age (25 to 64) immigrants arriving in Ontario have a postsecondary education.
- Ontario bridge training projects have targeted more than 100 occupations in order to help close to 50,000 highly skilled immigrants get licensed and get jobs in their professions.
- Ontario needs internationally trained newcomers in areas such as forestry, information technology and engineering, because of labour shortages.
“The Ontario Bridge Training Program helps newcomers and their families build better lives in Ontario. Graduates should be able to use their skills and talents to find good jobs and help boost the economy. Our investments in bridge training build up our communities, our families and Ontario’s economy.”
“In the beginning, I relied on a survival job to make both ends meet. The Ontario Bridge Training Program at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority helped make my journey into the Ontario workforce easier. It helped me reach my career goals and find a job where I could put my skills and experience to work.”