Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Improving Job Opportunities For Skilled Immigrants in Ontario, Canada

Source: Government of Ontario, Canada
Published Monday, 24 August, 2009 - 16:01

Internationally trained newcomers to Ontario will have greater opportunities to work in their fields as a result of expanded bridge training programs at York University.

  • Since 2003, bridge training programs have helped more than 30,000 newcomers get jobs and get licensed in their field.
  • About 70 per cent of Ontario's adult newcomers have post-secondary education or training.

The province is investing $5.2 million towards the university's new bridge training programs for information technologists and business professionals, in addition to an existing nursing program.

Bridge training programs help newcomers trained overseas get the local training they need to find a job in their field and contribute to Ontario's economy. The programs provide a variety of transitional supports such as international skills assessment, technical training, local work experience, occupation specific language training and mentorships.

Support for these programs is part of the government's plan to strengthen the economy by investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians.