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Minister Kenney announces expanded on-line resource for newcomers

From finding information on how to start a new business to opening a bank account, there are many steps newcomers take to successfully make their way in Canada. Now, an internet resource has been created for newcomers to help them quickly and easily find a range of government services, in addition to settlement services, in their communities, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. This resource is easy to find at www.servicesfornewcomers.cic.gc.ca.

“The Services for Newcomers resource has been put in place to help newcomers find the private sector and government services they need to succeed. With this resource, newcomers will easily find the many services available to them, such as how to buy their first home,” said Minister Kenney. “This can only increase their chance of successful integration within their new communities, and this is an important goal for Canada.”

The Services for Newcomers resource helps newcomers to Canada locate settlement services in their community, as well as find a range of other federal, provincial, and territorial government services. Newcomers will be able to e-mail the results of their searches to themselves, family members or other newcomers, making it easier to keep track of their search results. This on-line resource will be updated and expanded continually to add more information on services newcomers will likely be searching for when they first arrive.

Settlement services are an essential part of the federal government’s immigration program. CIC funds a number of services, including language training, employment related assistance and community service referrals to help newcomers settle, adapt and integrate into Canadian society. These services are delivered in partnership with provinces, territories and community-based organizations. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has tripled immigrant settlement funding, after it had been previously frozen for years.

For more information on CIC programs, please visit www.cic.gc.ca.

Funded by Government of Ontario, CPAC Gateway for Accounting and Finance Professionals Project
is a tailor-made program for the internationally trained accounting and finance professionals. It aims to help these professionals to gain relevant job experience in Canada through our structured employment services; to become successful in the workplace by equipping themselves with essential soft skills: and to obtain the Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation with a clearly illustrated road map. Depending on their individual needs, participants will receive in-depth information on the job readiness preparation, job placement services, workplace culture and communication training, as well as the CGA certification process.

FOR WHOM
To be eligible for this program, the applicant must be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, have relevant accounting education and/or experience, language skills of CLB 7 or higher and be committed to obtaining CGA designation in the near future.


THE PROGRAM
The program consists of several key components. Every program cycle begins with an information session and the in-take process, followed by the workplace culture and communication training. For those who need employment support, we offer Employment Counseling, Job Readiness Workshop and Job
Placement services. These components address different needs in one’s career and work in conjunction
with each other in support for the ultimate goal of being successful in the accounting profession.

Partners of the program include Certified General Accountants (CGA) of Ontario, University of Toronto, and CPAC Career Service Centre (CSC).

INFORMATION SESSION
To get a good understanding of this program, potential participants are recommended to attend one of the information sessions. This is the first step to get detail information about the Gateway program. The project team together with the program partners (CPAC, University of Toronto, and CGA) will give a full description about various components of the program including project overview, registration process, services and support.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
× Individual Counseling
Participants are closely followed up by the Employment Counselor who provides individualized
advice, guidance and assistance whenever need arises. Updated - March 2010

× Job Matching
Based on their profile and career interest, the Job Developer will proactively connect participants with potential employers to develop opportunities to practice their accounting expertise in the workplace.

JOB READINESS TRAINING
This workshop will focus on participants’ job search skills. Topics include resume writing, interview techniques and labor market knowledge. Participants will learn how to present their skills and experience, customize their resumes according to job requirements, techniques in handling interview questions and strategies to market themselves.

WORKPLACE CULTURE & COMMUNICATION TRAINING
The workplace culture and communication training consists of 80 hours classroom instruction delivered by University of Toronto. Prior to the training, participants will go through a cultural assessment to quantify their culture gaps, followed by a 1-on-1 debriefing session by the instructor to identify areas where improvements are needed in order to work effectively in Canadian workplace. Topics include Business Discussion, Giving and Receiving Feedback, Negotiation, Written Communication, Conflict Handling, and Small Talk, etc. Choices of Full-time and Part-time classes are available.

CGA CERTIFICATION
Representatives from CGA Ontario will speak about the certification process. Topics include credential assessment, mandatory courses, experience requirement, and issues of concern to internationally trained
professionals.

CONTACT INFORMATION
To reserve a seat for our information session, please
Call: 416-298-7885 ext. 111; or
Email: AFP@chineseprofessionals.ca; or
Drop by our office: 4150 Finch Ave E, Scarborough ON. M1S 3T9
For program details, please visit our website: www.chineseprofessionals.ca

Posted: Jul 25, 2010

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