Connecting Talent with Opportunities

The PAIE Program is an innovative, employer-led Ontario bridge training program that connects highly skilled Internationally-Trained Engineers and Geoscientists with employers seeking qualified talent. PAIE is developed and led by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) in collaboration with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO), funded by the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. This program links employers in TRCA’s network with highly skilled candidates to fulfill hiring needs in the environmental sector,while helping newcomers to obtain valuable Canadian experience and obtain a professional license as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) or Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) through a 12-month paid work placement.
PAIE works directly with a rapidly growing network of over 50 like-minded employers in both the public and private sectors including York Region, Cole Engineering, and Dillon Consulting. Through leveraging TRCA’s vast employer network, PAIE has achieved an employment success rate of over 90% for their participants, who are working in their professional field, earning an average of $55,000 annually.
This program is a highly specialized service designed for Engineers and Geoscientists working in the areas of Environment, Water Resources, Water/Wastewater, Transportation, Municipal, Civil, Geotechnical, Hydrogeology, Mining and Exploration, Solid Waste, Air/Emissions, and Renewable Energy.
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A Range of Employment Resources

New immigrants to Canada can count on a number of programs to help them to find their first job here. “Immigrants alone do not have all the tools to market themselves. The requirements are different even according to the sector or the employer,” says Irene Sihvonen, director of Services of Acces Employment Services.
The first step for the newcomer is to look for the nearest employment resource centre. These agencies provide a shortcut to understand the local job market, to validate foreign credentials and experience, to learn how to show your skills properly and to find and connect successfully to employers. There you will find training programs, resources, information, contacts in the community and people who can help in your job search.
Job search workshops
Among the most popular programs offered, job search workshops teach effective job search practices and techniques to immigrants. Newcomers obtain orientation about the Canadian labour market. You can learn how to assess your own skills, how to write effective résumés and cover letters, how to fill out employment application forms, and how to network with employers. You will also learn successful interview techniques and workers’ rights and employment standards. After the workshop, participants can count on support, job leads, free access to computers, internet, printers, telephones, faxes, photocopiers, networking and childcare.
Programs are offered to landed immigrants, convention refugees and live-in caregivers with intermediate level of English. To find the nearest job search workshop, visit or call 1-800-813-2614.
Skills for Change is just one of the many agencies offering job search workshops. More information can be obtained by calling (416) 658-3101 ext. 234 or by e-mailing
Windsor Employment Resource Centre offers assistance in Windsor. They can be reach at 400 City Hall Square East. Their phone number is (519) 253-4544 and their website
Job finding clubs
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New federal immigration program to support middle class jobs in rural and northern communities

News release

January 24, 2019—Ottawa, ON— The Government of Canada is committed to supporting
 immigration strategies that will enable smaller communities to enhance their economic, social
 and demographic vitality.
Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Canada, announced the creation of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, a five-year federal
 immigration pilot involving communities and selected provincial and territorial governments that
 works to help participating communities gain access to a range of support to help newcomers
settle in as part of the local community.
This innovative economic immigration pilot is aimed at testing new, community-driven approaches
 to address the diverse labour market needs of smaller communities. This initiative builds on the
 success of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot that was launched in March 2017 to help drive
 economic growth in Atlantic Canada. As of today, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
 Canada (IRCC) is seeking applications from interested communities in Ontario, Western
Canada, and the territories in order to select communities to participate in the pilot. Interested
communities must work with a local economic development organization to submit an
application, demonstrating how they meet the eligibility criteria and how immigration will
promote economic development in their community.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot will complement other economic immigration initiatives,
 including the Atlantic Immigration Pilot and the Provincial Nominee Program. It will also provide
 an opportunity for IRCC to support the Government of Canada’s commitment to support the
vitality of Francophone communities outside Quebec.

Help for internationally-trained IT professionals

When you planned on immigrating to Canada, you might not have considered the challenges of getting your Information Technology credentials recognized and finding a job in the field.

You may have arrived in Canada with several years of hands-on experience and internationally-recognized professional qualifications. But after your first job interview, you probably realize that Canadian experience and international credentials are the stumbling blocks you’d have to overcome to find employment in IT. After sending out dozens of résumés, browsing job websites over and over, and going to a series of interviews, you may find the world becoming pretty depressing.

But there is help. The following steps, gathered from experience, will help you to overcome the obstacles, and find the IT job you’re looking for in Canada.

Step 1:

It is very important to find your specific occupation or job title before initiating the job hunt. Some occupations have different names in Canada than they do in other countries. Visit the website of Human Resources and Skills Development to map your occupation against the National Occupational Classification.

Most IT professionals require the following qualifications to work in Canada:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related discipline, or a college program in computer science.
  • Several years of experience in the IT industry.
  • A Master’s degree or Doctorate with supervisory experience, if you’re applying for management and engineering positions.

Some IT professionals may require special certification provided by software vendors (Microsoft, Oracle, Etc.). Requirements vary, depending on employers. The following is a list of some occupations that may require special certification, education or licensing:

  • Informatics/ IT/System consultant
  • Computer Systems/Business/Security/MIS/QA Analyst
  • Systems Auditor
  • Database Administrator (DBA)
  • Database Analyst/Architect
  • Computer Engineers/Technicians (Hardware)

Job Search Strategies: Searching the Smarter Way

by Shabnum Budwhani
“I have sent over 200 resumes in a month and haven’t received a single call.”
As counselors we hear these and other such comments very frequently from our clients who are newcomers to Canada. What you need to understand is that Job Search is an art. You have to learn successful job search skills so that you can get the best results and be successful in the labour market. If you produce a single resume and send that same resume out to many different employers it will probably not help you to get a job. It will only increase your sense of failure. In order to gain best results job search must be part of a well-planned strategy. It must be targeted.
Remember in school we learned about Darwin ‘s law of “Survival of the fittest” – well, it is true even today. There is a lot of competition in the job market and you have to always try to put your best foot forward and to fight hard so that employers notice you. When people immigrate to a new country they expect things and life to be different from what they are used to in their home countries. The culture, food habits, social customs, the education system, the weather – everything is going to be very different from what you are used to and have grown up with. Well, the labour market is going to be different too.
Job search methods are different from country to country. The way you look for a job may be different from what you are used to in your country. For example, in some countries it may be very important for employers as to which University or College you graduated from but in some other places you may get more credit for your past experience and work history. In some other places it may be just a matter of knowing the right person and having the right contact. So when people immigrate to Canada they may not be aware of the importance of resumes and what role they can play in helping you to find a job. Volunteering is another thing that is very important in Canada, but in some countries the idea of volunteering to find a job may not be a very common method.
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