The investment will support 11 new bridge training projects that will:
- Improve access to career assistance services for internationally trained immigrants, for example career mentoring, employment events, language skills-training and a micro-loan program.
- 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.
- 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 postsecondary 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. – CINEWS