McGuinty Government Building Opportunity For Newcomers
Canada’s First Provincial Government Internship Program Helping Internationally Trained Professionals Succeed
Canada's first provincial government internship program for internationally trained professionals is helping skilled newcomers get work in their fields, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Ontario's newcomers are contributing to our province in so many ways -- raising families, strengthening communities and reaching out to others in need," said Premier McGuinty. "Through our internship program, we're helping to ensure their skills and experience are put to use in every area of our economy -- because when our newcomers succeed, Ontario succeeds."
Premier McGuinty made his comments at the annual meeting of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, an organization that works to find employment for immigrants in the GTA. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Mike Colle and participants of the Ontario Public Service (OPS) Internship Program joined the Premier at the event.
The OPS internships last six months and began last fall. So far, 72 internationally trained individuals have been placed in fields such as finance, chemistry, business administration, environmental and health studies.
To qualify for the program, candidates must have a minimum of three years international work experience and be permanent residents. They are also tested for their English language skills.
"Ontario wants to encourage employers -- large or small -- to tap into the talents of newcomers," Colle said. "Employers need a skilled workforce to grow, and newcomers have the global education and experience that make a difference to the bottom line."
"The program helped me get back to work in my field of expertise, to meet people related to my profession and to get hope back," said Pedro Molina. Molina, who was an intern in the OPS Internship Program until recently, is now training as a Senior Account Manager at RBC Financial Group.
Ontario's internship program is just one way the McGuinty government helps newcomers succeed. Other initiatives include:
- Passing the Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act, 2006, which requires Ontario's regulated professions to ensure that their registration processes are transparent, objective, impartial and fair
- Launching Global Experience Ontario, an access and information centre for internationally trained individuals
- Investing $53 million in more than 90 bridging projects to help internationally trained, qualified individuals move quickly into the labour market
- Doubling the number of training and assessment positions for internationally trained medical graduates
- Investing in a program that provides loans of up to $5,000 per person to cover assessment, training and exam costs for internationally trained professionals to work in their field.
"Providing internships for internationally trained professionals is just one of the many ways our government is bridging the gap between arriving here, and succeeding here," said Premier McGuinty. "By making sure newcomers take advantage of all Ontario has to offer, we'll ensure our province remains the place to be for years to come."