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Creating a better understanding of the Canadian workplace


Helping people to overcome symptoms of illness, injury or disability is something Nada Khairallah has always wanted to do.

After eight years’ experience as a physiotherapist in her home country of Lebanon, it’s also something she became very good at. But after Khairallah arrived in Ontario, she had difficulty finding a job in a related field.

Ontario’s bridge training program for internationally educated physiotherapists at the University of Toronto helped her find her place in the province’s workforce.

Today, she is a registered physiotherapist practising in orthopaedics, palliative and complex continuing care at the William Osler Health Centre, Brampton Civic Hospital. She also plans to one day earn a PhD in physiotherapy.

“I felt that by the end of the bridge program, the puzzle finally came together: the new knowledge I gained in the program supplemented the knowledge and skills I already had and it helped me to develop my Canadian resumé. I gained a better understanding of Canadian workplace communication and what employers are looking for. The program also helped me to create a professional network which led to a job in the field of physiotherapy.”

“The bridge training program has done a fantastic job at transitioning the experience of internationally-educated physiotherapists to Canadian practice, and it shows,” says Dean Lising, professional practice leader of physiotherapy at William Osler Health System. “Bridge training participants have excelled not only in their placements, but also in the excellent patient care they provide.”

If you are a newcomer who needs help getting registered to practice your profession or trade so that you can work in Ontario, a bridge training project may be able to help.

For more information, visit www.ontario.ca/immigration.

Posted: Aug 1, 2012

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