The BIM program is especially geared toward assisting those who are looking for employment as engineering designers and drafters. The program focuses on language training and computer software training to prepare students for jobs in the engineering community.
Offered by CCIS, a non-profit volunteer organization, this program helps internationally educated professionals upgrade their skills. It also features a work placement so participants can gain Canadian work experience within the program. Much of the focus is on employability, helping to connect students with local engineering firms.
ETIP focuses on improving students’ English language proficiency and adapting their current skills to Canadian standards. The program helps students develop their computer skills and prepares them for conducting their own successful job searches. Upon completion of the program, students will have acquired professional recognition and membership with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).
The IEEQ Program combines university engineering courses, cultural orientation, professional networking, language/communication support and co-op work experience to help students be considered “academically qualified” by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (APEGM). This leads to obtaining a Professional Engineer licence.
This course is designed for Manitoba residents who plan to continue their engineering careers in the province. Students should already be in the process of getting their foreign credentials recognized by the Manitoba regulatory body before taking the course. For those who cannot attend the classroom sessions, this course is also offered online.
This free program is the next step up from English for Engineering Professionals, which is a prerequisite for it. It teaches the English skills internationally educated engineers need to successfully work in Manitoba. Students need to be permanent residents of Canada and have Canadian Language Benchmark levels of seven or above.
Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)
This is a program designed to prepare internationally trained engineers for getting licensed and ultimately working in Ontario. Participants learn job search strategies, workplace communication and Ontario employer expectations. The program also offers various workshops on Canadian Engineering Codes, software for engineers and project management.
Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)
This program is specifically designed for internationally trained engineers who want to work in project management. Students gain an understanding of the Canadian project management field while they learn the fundamentals of project management and Microsoft Project software. This program also provides post-employment support for participants needing job-specific language development.
Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Humber’s free part-time program offers engineers technical and software training to give them the skills Ontario employers require. The program specifically focuses on civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, providing training in AutoCAD, Solidworks, PLCs, MS-Project and other such software. In addition, job search assistance, educational counselling and communication skills development are also offered.
Internationally trained engineers seeking Ontario licences can benefit from the preparation offered by this program. This course prepares students for the Professional Practice Examination, teaching them the technical information needed to pass the exam and the role of exam writing in Canada. Students also learn legal and ethical Canadian workplace practices.
Ryerson’s Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science offers this program in collaboration with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). The program gives internationally trained engineers the opportunity to obtain the academic requirements for getting licensed with the PEO. Students who wish to improve their English language proficiency can opt to take English as a Second/Additional Language courses as well.
This program is specifically designed for environmental engineers and geoscientists. It helps them get licensed and employed in Ontario. Participants are given technical training as well as occupation-specific language and workplace culture training. As part of the program, they will complete a one-year paid work placement to gain Canadian work experience. Participants will also take the Professional Practice Exams to become licensed Professional Engineers and Professional Geoscientists with the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO).
This program provides a unique alternative path to the Professional Engineer licence. Instead of taking the Confirmatory Examination Program by Professional Engineering Ontario (PEO), internationally trained engineers can take LIEP. The program offers professional engineering courses which are accepted by PEO. Students are also offered career development support and preparation for writing the Professional Practice Examination (PPE).
The University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering offers bridging programs in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and systems design engineering. The programs are all focused on helping internationally trained engineers upgrade their skills and credentials to successfully work in their fields in Canada.
Canada's province of Nova Scotia has introduced a new immigration programme called Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry which gives migrants the opportunity to settle down in Canada even without a job offer at hand. The province has set to accommodate 350 applications for this year.
REUTERS/Chris Wattie Canada's Employment Minister Jason Kenney (R) speaks during a news conference with Immigration Minister Chris Alexander in Ottawa June 20 , 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
But while a job offer is not a requirement, Canada Immigration points out that an applicant still needs to adhere to a point-based system, where s/he must have a minimum of 67 points out of 100 to be eligible for application. The programme is available to individuals along with their spouse or common-law partner as well as dependent children under 19 years old.
Each applicant will be assessed based on a points grid that measures education, language ability, work experience, age and adaptability factors. The potential candidate will also be evaluated if s/he already has an arranged job offer from a Nova Scotia-based employer.
Before one can apply, s/he must have had at least one year of full-time or equivalent part-time work experience in one of the 29 skilled opportunity occupations considered in-demand within the past five years. Such opportunity occupations include various professions in the engineering, science, healthcare, finance and computing industries.
Language ability in English or French will be assessed and will be subjected to a minimum score in a test recognised by the government of Canada. It could either be the IELTS or CELPIP for English or TEF for French. The applicant is highly advised to attain at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) seven in one of these tests. Nova Scotia may also require a foreign diploma, certificate or credential if a candidate does not have a post-secondary Canadian educational credential.
Potential candidates to the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry have two application routes, either:
§ apply directly to the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration (NSOI) and then enter the Express Entry pool with a provincial nomination, which will trigger an invitation to apply for permanent residence; or
§ be selected from the Express Entry pool by the NSOI.
Nova Scotia has at least three types of immigration programmes: The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry programme; the Skilled worker programme; and, the Family Business Worker programme. Nova Scotia is forecast to have the third-highest level of economic growth of all Canadian provinces in 2015.