Last Updated: June 18, 2017

Bridge programs in various occupations


Listed below are various bridge programs offered in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Some of these programs include formal training in an academic environment, while others provide less formal training. Setting them apart from straight-forward training programs is the inclusion of a work experience component. The level of English proficiency required to enroll in one of these programs is also indicated.


See also: Training programs in various occupations for training programs without a work experience component.



“Basic” English required



CLB 4 to 5 likely required

Restaurant and Banquet Server, Culinary Pre-Apprenticeship, Kitchen Porter, Housekeeping, and Guest Service Training Programs for those new to the hospitality industry.


The Hospitality industry in Toronto is large, and growing. If you’re currently unemployed and hoping to find an entry point to the Hospitality Industry, our training programs might be right for you. All of our training programs are:



Information sessions are held every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at 60 Richmond Street East in the second floor Amenity Room.


Construction – masonry and craft work

CLB 2 required


Construction – electricians, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, industrial millwrights and plumbers

CLB 7 likely required


Various skilled occupations

George Brown College


CLB 7 to 8 required



Various colleges

See details of bridge programs in the various skilled occupations listed below (as of Feb/16) at: CASIP Bridging Programs for Skilled Immigrants. Prior international experience in the occupation is required.


CLB 5 required


CLB 5 to 8 required


CLB 6 required


CLB 7 required


CLB 7 to 8 required


CLB 8 required 


No CLB minimum specified



Employment Ontario


Ontario Bridge Training

For more information on bridge training, including with respect to the above programs for skilled occupations, see the Employment Ontario website. The Government of Ontario funds employers, colleges and universities, occupational regulatory bodies and community organizations to deliver bridge training programs, with support from the Government of Canada.


Participants are internationally trained individuals (with a post-secondary degree and international work experience). Participants include refugees.


Individuals without post-secondary credentials are not eligible for the programs funded and promoted by Employment Ontario. (This requirement does not apply to the Mes Amis Canada – Darzee sewing program, the Hospitality Workers Training Center program, or the ACCES Employment Construction Trades Program, all described above.)


Career fields include:

Accounting, Agrology, Architecture, Biotechnology, Business, Dietetics, Education, Employment counselling, Engineering, Environmental, Financial services, Health care, Human resources, Information technology, Law, Medical graduates, Medical laboratory technology, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Project management, Sales and marketing, Skilled Trades (General), Social work, Supply chain/Logistics, Veterinary medicine.



See also Newcomers Connecting to Trades Apprenticeship Resources (NeCTAR) –  a bridge training program established to provide information and services to internationally-trained individuals seeking apprenticeship or employment in the skilled trades in Ontario.


NeCTAR has developed a Resource Kit that includes:


The NeCTAR resource kit contains ten modules: