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Bridge training helps skilled newcomers find jobs

The provincial and federal governments are working together to help more than 11,000 skilled newcomers get the training and support they need to find work in their fields and contribute to Ontario’s economy.

Four bridge training projects at the University of Toronto for internationally-educated physiotherapists, engineers, lawyers and business professionals will receive multi-year funding to help highly skilled immigrants get licensed and find jobs. The projects will run until 2014.

Seventy Ontario bridge training projects are being offered in the Greater Toronto Area, York Region, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Niagara, Thunder Bay, North Bay, Kingston and Ottawa. The projects will provide occupation-specific training, licensure preparation, and Canadian work experience to skilled newcomers.

“Bridge training projects have a proven track record of success,” said Charles Sousa, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. “In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever that we help our skilled newcomers put their talents to work in Ontario’s economy. When newcomers succeed, Ontario succeeds.”

“Helping skilled immigrants in Ontario enter and integrate quickly into the Canadian labour market is part of the federal government’s plan for economic growth,” said Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism. “The federal government is committed to helping newcomers to Ontario succeed.”

More than 11,000 skilled newcomers will get training and support through these projects.

Over $57 million is being invested in 70 new and renewed projects across the province.

Ontario is investing $35 million and the Government of Canada is investing up to $22 million.

The projects will benefit skilled newcomers in a broad range of professions including: IT, law, health care, engineering, green economy and business administration.

Ontario bridge training has a proven record of helping skilled newcomers get licensed and get work in their fields of expertise.

Bridge training helps internationally trained workers adapt their experience and skills to the Ontario job market without duplicating their previous education or training. The training helps them develop the technical, cultural or language skills they need to succeed.

Ontario Internationally-Educated
Physiotherapists Bridging Program

Delivered by the University of Toronto’s Department of Physical Therapy.

Assists internationally-educated physiotherapists obtain registration and employment in their field.

Includes both on-line and on-campus face-to-face delivery, has a clinical skills lab and offers a clinical internship.

Program components include: credential and language assessments, development of E-Portfolio, workplace culture and communication training, employment services (such as counselling, job search strategies, resumé preparation, mentoring, interview coaching and workplace integration strategies), work experience through internships and clinical placements, and exam preparation for both the Objective Structured Clinical Examination and the Physiotherapy Competency Examination.

Internationally Trained Lawyers Program

Provides a comprehensive set of services that address the needs of internationally trained lawyers, from the time they enter Canada and begin the certification process by preparing them for the accreditation examinations, to the time they are registered with the Law Society of Upper Canada, licensed to practise law in Ontario and employed in their field.

Business Edge: A Program for Internationally Educated Professionals

Helps internationally- trained professionals advance in their careers by providing personal assessments, one-on-one support and job shadowing opportunities, and assistance in developing customized career strategies and action plans.

Licensing International Engineers into the Profession

Offered by the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies in collaboration with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering for Internationally Trained Engineers in Ontario.
Helps participants improve engineering-specific language and workplace culture and communication skills.

Provides engineering courses specified by Professional Engineers Ontario to meet license requirements, including a customized course for engineering innovation and the green economy, industry-based internship/monitoring, and help finding employment in the field.

Posted: Aug 1, 2012

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