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
- Mes Amis Canada – Darzee
- A social enterprise dedicated to helping newcomer Canadian women develop and hone their sewing skills with the immediate objective of marketing this skill to the community at large as a means of earning income. An 8 week free training program held in downtown Toronto every Saturday. Development of sewing skills, combined with training to run a business from home. Participants PAID on a per piece basis for sewing work done during the program. Ongoing business support to be provided, as well as identifying projects to work on. Graduates receive a certificate and a sewing machine. Free child care provided during the program. Applicants must have intermediate sewing skills and basic English. This program commenced in February, 2017. Those interested should confirm if the program is continuing.
- See Sewing program helps make entrepreneurs of GTA refugees (Mar/17)
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:
- Hands-on focused to help you build the practical skills to prepare you for employment.
- Connected to industry hiring needs and employment opportunities.
- Short and intensive to get you trained and working as quickly as possible.
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 Trades Program (ACCES Employment)
- Other Participating Organizations: LiUNA; Ontario Masonry Training Centre; Refugee Career Jumpstart Project (RCJP).
- Description: Helps Syrian newcomer job seekers to gain employment in construction-related occupations and apprenticeable trades through practical and industry-recognized training and job placement. Program components include Construction Health and Safety Training, Working at Heights, WHMIS, Construction Skills Training including, Forklift and Elevated Work Platform (EWP).
- Comments: The goal is to exit with guaranteed job and at least construction-related, Level 4/5 English.
- Program Length: 12-16 weeks
Construction – electricians, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, industrial millwrights and plumbers
CLB 7 likely required
- Trades Win Support Program (Skills for Change)
- For internationally trained tradespersons
- Provides training and employment support to internationally-trained tradespersons: electricians, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, industrial millwrights and plumbers.
- The program is delivered from our Peel (Brampton) and York (Markham) locations and consists of employment preparation (including occupation-specific language training) delivered by Skills for Change and technical hands-on training delivered by our training partners Humber College or Stanford International College.
- Additional supports include: mentoring, work experience placements and job development support.
Various skilled occupations
George Brown College
CLB 7 to 8 required
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
- Office Administration
CLB 5 to 8 required
- Information Technology
CLB 6 required
- Project Management
CLB 7 required
- Sales and Marketing
- HVAC mechanics, plumbers, millwrights, industrial and construction electricians
CLB 7 to 8 required
CLB 8 required
- Human Resources
- Supply Chain
No CLB minimum specified
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:
- A Reference Guide to Trades Apprenticeship in Ontario [Reference guide is not yet available online]
- Becoming a Certified Tradesperson in Ontario Workshops for delivery to internationally-trained tradespeople
- Pathways to Practice for newcomers preparing for Certification or Apprenticeship in one of four skilled trades: Hairstylist, Automotive Service Technician, Construction Maintenance Electrician and Industrial Millwright
- Resources and Tools for use by service providers and newcomers seeking entry to the skilled trades
The NeCTAR resource kit contains ten modules:
- Module One – Trades Apprenticeship in Ontario, provides an overview of the skilled trades and how the trades apprenticeship system works.
- Module Two and Three – Becoming a Certified Tradesperson in Ontario, describes certification and apprenticeship – the two pathways an individual with international training can take to practice a skilled trade.
- Module Four – The Role of Unions, clarifies the role of the unions and provides information for those considering apprenticeship or employment in a unionized environment.
- Module Five – Women in the Trades, provides current information about women in apprenticeship programs and initiatives to support their entry into the skilled trades.
- Modules Six through Nine – Trade-specific Information, provides certification, apprenticeship and labour market information specific to four trades – hairstylist, automotive service technician, construction maintenance electrician, and industrial millwright.
- Module Ten – Health and Safety, has been developed in partnership with the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers and the Toronto Workers Health and Safety Legal Clinic, to help prevent the injury and illness of immigrant workers.