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Investing in settlement services for newcomers

Newcomers require information and referrals to services in many areas and Canada is investing more than $334 million in settlement services for newcomers in Ontario in 2017-18. 

Friendly and experienced settlement professionals at newcomer centres can help  you:

  • Look for a job
  • Get a language assessment
  • Register for language classes
  • Find a place to live
  • Fill out forms and applications
  • Sign up your kids for school
  • Learn about community services.

Settlement agencies help newcomers find the services they need to successfully integrate in their communities. 

They can help you:

  • Get settled in your community
  • Find housing, a job or childcare
  • Register your children in school

Access other programs such as English or French classes, employment services, skills training and foreign credential assessment

  • Get information about healthcare and social services
  • Find an interpreter or translator

Agencies and programs for newcomers include:

Access Centre for Regulated Employment (ACRE)

WIL Counselling for Training and Employment: This program offers information, application assistance and referral services to internationally-trained individuals who are seeking licensure in one of Ontario’s 35 regulated professions.

Telephone: 519-858-2348

Email: info@accesscentre.ca

Location: London


Group Mentorship for Immigrant Employment

WIL Counselling for Training and Employment: This program is a part of London region’s Mentorship for Newcomer Success program. Through this program, immigrant-serving organizations recruit internationally- trained individual (“ITI”) mentees and employer umbrella groups engage mentors. Small ‘group mentoring’ sessions bring ITI mentees and employer mentors together in order to allow ITIs to expand their professional networks, obtain industry-specific labour market information and benefit from strengthened business communication skills.

Email: mentorship@lmiec.ca

Telephone: 519-663-0774

Location: London


Immigrant Access Fund of Canada Inc.

Immigrant Access Fund: Micro loans for ITIs.

This project will provide micro loans for qualified internationally-trained individuals, to help them pay the costs and fees associated with Ontario Bridge Training programs, licensure/certifications exams, and credential assessments.

In addition, loans may cover living expenses incurred while completing a Bridge Training program or preparing for licensure/certification exams.

Email: apply@iafcanada.org

Telephone: 1-855-423-2262

Location: Province-wide


Laurentian University

Project North/Nord: This pro-gram offers portfolio development and/or workplace communications skills training for internationally-trained professionals in various fields. Through this program, participants will increase their job readiness and access work placements. Professions Nord/North has service locations in North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Timmins. Services will be provided in both English and French.

Telephone: 705-222-1766

Toll free: 1-866-210-3020

Email: info@professionsnorth. ca

Location: Sudbury

Web: professionsnorth.ca

Leadership Connections

ACCES Employment Services: This program assists inter-nationally-trained professionals with leadership experience to obtain senior level employment in their field. The program provides participants with workplace communications and culture training for leaders, technical training, employment supports and employer engagement activities. The program’s academic component is offered in partnership with Humber College.

Web: www.accesemployment. ca/index.php/acces-employment-staff-directory/toronto/53-toronto/20-rizwan-abdul

Telephone: 416-921-1800

Location: Province-wide

Web: www.accesemployment. ca/index.php/job-seekers-toronto-gta/services

Middle Level Manager with Technical Background Bridge Program

Ryerson University – Chang School of Continuing Education: This is a 15-week program that helps internationally educated professionals with project management experience in the engineering, science, environmental or IT fields, find employment as mid-level managers in their field. The program provides participants with sector-specific courses, a work experience opportunity, employment preparation training and employment supports. Upon completion of the program, participants obtain a Chang School certificate and will be ready to write the Project Management Professional (PMP) Examination offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Email: jose1.garcia@ryerson.ca

Telephone: 416-979-5000, ext. 2599

Location: Toronto

Web: ce-online.ryerson.ca/ce/default.aspx?id=3300

Ottawa Job Match Network

LASI World Skills: This program helps to match internationally-trained individuals with employment opportunities commensurate with their experience through a database used by job matching specialists from LASI and its partners. The program also offers a variety of workshops geared to job seekers, employers and mentors to assist with the labour market integration of internationally-trained individuals in the Ottawa region. 

Services are provided in English and French.

Email: andy@ottawa-world skills.org

Telephone: 613-233-0453, ext. 343

Location: Ottawa

Web: www.ottawa-world skills.org/EN/index.php?q=con tent/ottawa-job-match-network-ojmn

Posted: Feb 3, 2018

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