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Internationally-trained immigrants find jobs through new bridge training programs

Ontario is investing $3.35 million over two years through the Ontario Bridge Training Program to help internationally-trained professionals find jobs that match their skills and experience.

The investment will support 11 new bridge training projects that will:

Improve access to career assistance services such as career mentoring, employment events, language skills-training and a micro-loan program for internationally-trained immigrants.

Help employers recruit, hire and retain internationally-trained immigrants, with networking events, an online recruiting service and employer workshops.

Identify newcomers’ transferrable skills and alternate career pathways through, for example, mentoring events and the promotion of entrepreneurship.

Every year, Ontario’s Bridge Training Program helps over 6,000 internationally-trained professionals get the help they need to find jobs that match their skills and experience. Increasing immigrant employment rates is key to growing the province’s globally connected economy.

Investing in supports for internationally-trained professionals is part of the government’s economic plan to grow the economy and create jobs.

A few quick facts:

Ontario’s Bridge Training Program provides training and support for immigrants to become registered to work in regulated professions and other high-skilled jobs. The program also works with employers to develop resources to help them hire, retain and integrate internationally-trained immigrants into the workplace.

The program aligns with recommendations from the Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel to position all Ontarians to meet the needs of the province’s dynamic economy.

Nearly three out of four working-age immigrants to Ontario have a post-secondary education.

Each year, over 6,000 skilled immigrants access Bridge Training projects in more than 100 professions including such as nursing, medical technology and the skilled trades.

“Ontario’s Bridge Training projects are making a real difference,” said Laura Albanese, Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. “By helping internationally-trained newcomers get work in their fields, bridge training projects support our globally connected economy and change people’s lives. This investment will strengthen our communities and help immigrants and their families build better lives in Ontario.”

“We are delighted with the government’s further investment in the Ontario Bridge Training Program,” said David Agnew, President, Seneca College. “We see first-hand how these opportunities for our internationally-trained newcomers make a difference in their lives and the positive effects they have on the community. Working in partnership with business and industry, we’re preparing our students to be career-ready and to contribute to a strong Ontario.”

“Ontario’s Bridge Training Program allows us to connect with internationally-trained newcomers,” said Connie Dejak, President and Chief Executive Officer at Runnymede Healthcare Centre. “It enables us to recruit employees who have the necessary skills and expertise to support the delivery of an exceptional patient experience while connecting and contributing to the larger community.”

Posted: Sep 1, 2016

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