Work to consider

Agriculture

External Links

Farmers Feed the World program (opportunities in agriculture; farming) (in Arabic) [Quinte Immigration Services]
Farmers Feed the World program (opportunities in agriculture; farming) (in English) [Quinte Immigration Services]
How an Ontario non-profit is helping Syrian refugees find farming jobs (agriculture) (Jan 11/17) [TVO]
Guide – General Farm Workers (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Infocentre (BC)]
Farmers Feed the World Project Prepares Syrian Refugees to Enter & Support Ontario Agriculture Sector (farming) [Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance]

Auto mechanic

External Links

I want to repair cars. What will my salary be? [Globe and Mail]
Program description – Centennial College – Automotive Service Technician Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship (Partnered with Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA)) [Centennial College]
Program description – Centennial College – Automotive Service Technician (Toronto) [Centennial College]
Automotive Mechanic and Repair Programs at Ontario Colleges [Ontariocolleges.ca]
Apprenticeship – Automotive Service Technician (Ontario) [Ontario College of Trades]
What Does an Automotive Service Technician Do? [Apprenticesearch.com]
Guide – Automotive Service Technician (mechanic) (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Infocentre (BC)]

Carpentry

External Links

General Carpenter [Ontario College of Trades]
Carpenters Union training system creates opportunities for thousands across Ontario [Ontario Construction Report]
What Does a Carpenter (General) Do? [Apprenticesearch.com]
Carpentry Programs at Ontario Colleges [OntarioColleges.ca]
Guide – Carpenters & Cabinetmakers (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Infocentre (BC)]

Construction sector

Articles we are planning

Opportunities in construction
Is a job in construction right for you?
Types of employers in construction
Occupations in construction
Considerations in choosing to work in construction
Training programs in construction
Preparing for a job search in construction
Specialized English work vocabulary – construction
Opportunities in construction

External Links

Infrastructure projects create ‘generation of jobs’ [in Toronto region] (Nov 28/16) [Toronto Sun]
Construction Trades Program [ACCES Employment]

Construction Trades Helpers

External Links

Introduction to trades manual [for newcomers in Ottawa] [Apprenticesearch.com]
Trades helper/labourer [Careers on Construction]
All examples – 7611 – Construction trades helpers and labourers [Statistics Canada]
Construction Trades Helpers / Labourers & Construction Craft Workers (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Infocentre (B.C.)]

Drywalling and plastering

External Links

What does a drywall, finisher and plasterer do? [Apprenticesearch.com]
Plasterer/drywall installer and finisher/lather [Careers in construction]
Guide – Plasterers, Drywall Installers & Finishers (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Infocentre (B.C.)]
Wage profile: Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers (Alberta) [Alberta government]
Ratio Review for Group D-17: Drywall Finisher and Plasterer (2012) [Joint submission to Ontario College of Trades]
Plasterer | drywall installer |finisher | lather salary Canada [Living in Canada]

Early childhood worker

External Links

Career Map for Internationally Trained Early Childhood Educators by OntarioImmigration.ca and the College of Early Childhood Educators [Ontario Immigration.ca]
Early Childhood Education Programs at Ontario Colleges [ontariocolleges.ca]
Early Childhood Education Salary [Living In Canada]
Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Early Childhood Educators [College of Early Childhood Educators]
Guide – Early Childhood Educators (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Info Centre (B.C.)]

Electrician

External Links

Fact Sheet for Internationally Trained Individuals in Skilled Trades – Electrician (Construction and Maintenance) [Government of Ontario]
Electrician – Domestic and Rural [Ontario College of Trades]
Electrician – Construction and Maintenance [Ontario College of Trades]
Explore Careers – Job Market Report – Electricians (except industrial and power system) [Job Bank - Government of Canada]
What Does a Domestic & Rural Electrician Do? [Apprenticesearch.com]
What Does a Construction & Maintenance Electrician Do? [Apprenticesearch.com]
Electrician and Electrical Programs at Ontario Colleges [OntarioColleges.ca]
I want to be an electrician. What will my salary be? (Sep 17/14) [Globe and Mail]
Guide – Electricians (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Infocentre (BC)]

Financial services

External Links

For RBC, Refugees are an Untapped Talent Pool and Strategic Advantage (banking – Toronto) (Jun 20/17) [Hire Immigrants]
BDC Internships: Breaking Down the Barriers to Refugee Employment (banking – Toronto) (Jun 20 17) [Hire Immigrants]
Scotiabank – Understanding Your Customers from the Inside Out (banking – Mississauga) (Jun 20/17) [Hire Immigrants]

Food Handling and Preparation

External Links

The smell of home [Adonis – food retail – Toronto, Mississauga] (Jul 29/17) [Globe and Mail]
Toronto suddenly has a new craving: Syrian food (Jan 12/18) [New York Times]
Tea’s benefits include health and… Syrian refugee employment (SuraiTea – Ottawa) (Dec 13/16) [National Observer]
From Syrian refugees to business owners in 1 year (Saraya Hot Bread; food business; Victoria) (Jun 13/17) [CBC]
Toronto kitchen staffed by Syrian refugee women at risk of closing (Newcomer Kitchen) (Dec 18/17) [Toronto Star]
Newcomer Kitchen: How Syrian refugee women are cooking their way to success (Depanneur) (Feb 21/17) [DeGroote School of Business]
Newcomer Kitchen Cooks Up Business Venture For Syrian Refugee Women (Depanneur) (Nov 7/16) [Huffington Post]
How to become a Certified Food Handler – Toronto [City of Toronto]
Food Handler Training – Toronto [City of Toronto]
Food Handler Certification – York Region (ON) [York Region]
Food Handler Certification – Peel Region (ON) [Peel Public Health]
Explore Careers – Job Market Report – Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers, and Related Support Occupations [Job Bank]
National Occupational Classification – Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations [Job Bank]
London & Area Works: Trends in the Food and Beverage sector [Worktrends.ca]
What is it; Who could I be – Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations [Labour Market Ottawa]
Guide – Food Counter Attendants & Kitchen Helpers (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Infocentre (BC)]

Food Trucks and carts

External Links

‘Maze’ of bylaws drive Toronto food cart owner bananas (Aug 22/16) [Metro]
Insurance for your food truck [BrokerLink Insurance]
9 Tips for starting a food truck [Small Business BC]
Food Trucks Open Today (Toronto) [Streetfoodapp.com]
Wheels of fortune: Food trucks here, and there, to stay (Nov 7/15) [Edmonton Journal]
Starting a food selling business [Government of Ontario]
Food truck curbside vending in Toronto explained: Part 1 [Me.n.u]
Food truck start-up checklist [Government of Canada]
How hard is it to operate a food truck in Toronto? [BlogTO]
City rules on street sales drive food cart owner bananas (Aug 22/16) [Toronto Star]
How To Start a Food Truck in Toronto 101 [Toronto Food Trucks]
Business and trades licences – Street Food Vending [City of Toronto]

Hair Stylist

External Links

‘I Just Want to Cut Men’s Hair’ – Hairstylist Licence Can Be Elusive for Newcomers (Ontario) (Mar 24/18) [Toronto Star]
Refugee revives his barber career — and keeps a decades-old Halifax legacy alive (Mar 6/18) [CBC]
Fact Sheet for Internationally Trained Individuals in Skilled Trades (for those with previous hairstylist training or experience) [OntarioImmigration.ca]
Fact Sheet – Hairstylist [Ontario College of Trades]
Hairstylist National Occupational Profile (NOA) [red-seal.ca]
What does a hairstylist do? [apprenticesearch.com]
Job Market Report – Outlook, Ontario – Hairstylists and Barbers [JobBank.ca (Dept. of Employment and Social Devlpt. Canada)]
List of Professional Hair, Nail and Esthetics Academies and Diploma Programs offered in Canada [Salonmagazine.ca]
Wage estimates – Hairstylists and Barbers [JobBank.ca (Dept. of Employment and Social Devlpt. Canada)]
Ellis Chart – Comparative chart of apprentice training programs [Ellischart.ca]
Article: “I want to be a hairdresser, what will my salary be” (March 2014) [The Globe and Mail]
Apprenticeship Training Standard – Hair Stylist [Ontario College of Trades]

Handyman

External Links

Skilled Handyman job postings (Ontario) [Indeed]
Construction Handyman job postings (Ontario) [Indeed]
Residential handyman training – Certificate of Completion (Toronto) [LiUNA Local 183 Training Centre]
Handyman Training: Becoming a Handy Man [Handyman Startup]
Evaluating your Handyman Skills and Deciding What Services to Offer [Handyman Startup]
Handyman – Typical job description [Workable]
Handyman – general description [Wikipedia]

Landscaping sector

Opportunities in Landscaping
Last Updated: June 11, 2017
Is a job in landscaping right for you?
Last Updated: June 5, 2017
Types of employers in landscaping
Last Updated: June 5, 2017
Occupations in landscaping
Last Updated: June 12, 2017

External Links

I want to be a landscaper. What will my salary be? (May 28/14) [The Globe and Mail]
A career in the gardening industry could grow from one of these seeds (Feb 20/15) [Toronto Star]
Horticulture blooming with job opportunities (Feb 6/15) [Toronto Star]

Painting

External Links

I want to be a painter. What will my salary be? [Globe and Mail]
Painter and Decorator – Commercial and Residential [Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)]
Painter and decorator [Routes TO. Trades]
Painter | Decorator Salary Canada [Living in Canada]
Painter and decorator [Careers in Construction]
Painter and decorator — Commercial and residential [Ontario College of Trades]
What Does a Painter/ Decorator Do? [apprenticesearch.com]
Guide – Painters & Decorators (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant InfoCentre]

Personal support worker

External Links

Online Personal Support Worker (PSW) resource centre [Personal Support Worker Canada]
Schools Offering PSW Courses [Personal Support Worker Canada]
Personal Support Worker Programs at Ontario Colleges [OntarioColleges.ca]
Personal support workers say reduced hours have erased pay raise (Aug 13/16) [Ottawa Citizen]
Ontario moves to fix plan to give personal support workers raises (Jun 11/15) [Globe and Mail]
Ontario Increasing Wages for Personal Support Workers (Jun 22/15) [Government of Ontario]
Home care personal support workers used as cheap labour (Jan 4/14) [Toronto Star]

Plumbing

External Links

Guide – Plumber (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Infocentre (BC)]
Plumbing Programs at Ontario Colleges [OntarioColleges.ca]
Fact sheet for internationally trained individuals in skilled trades – Plumber [Government of Ontario]
So You Want My Trade: Plumber (U.S.) [Art of Manliness]
I want to be a plumber. What will my salary be? [Globe and Mail]
What does a Plumber do? [Apprenticesearch.com]

Roofing

External Links

Syrian refugees join BC’s skilled workforce – roofing community steps up with training and jobs (Feb 23/17) [CISION]
Pre-apprenticeship Training for Roofers – Program Description [Roofing Canada]
What Does a Roofer Do? [Apprenticesearch.com]
Apprenticeship Information for Prospective Roofers [Canadian Roofing Contractors Association]
How to Choose a Roofing Contractor [Godfrey Roofing Inc.]
Ministry of Labour inspectors blitzing roofers in Ontario (May 20/15) [Contractor]
Guide – Roofers (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Infocentre (BC)]

Sewing

External Links

Industrial Sewing Machine Operator salary in Ontario [Neuvco]
Sewing program helps make entrepreneurs of GTA refugees (Darzee) (Mar 3/17) [Toronto Star]
Career profile: Industrial sewing machine operators (NOC 9446) (B.C.) [Work BC]
Darzee home page [Mes Amis]
They fled war in Syria. Today, they manufacture emergency equipment for Canadians [ First Aid and Survival Technologies Limited (F.A.S.T.) – sewing; manufacturing; Vancouver] (Mar 9/17) [National Observer]
Sewing Entrepreneurship for Women in Toronto (SEW IT!) [training program] [Newcomer Women's Services Toronto]
Sewing For Jobs (program) (Ottawa) [EcoEquitable]

Starting a business

External Links

Syrian refugee carries on his family soap-making tradition in Calgary (Jan 12/18) [Global Television]
Toronto suddenly has a new craving: Syrian food (Jan 12/18) [New York Times]
Journalist refugee launches Canada’s first Syrian newspaper (Dec/17) [Toronto Star]

Translators & Interpreters

External Links

Guide – Translators and Interpreters (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Infocentre (BC)]
Categories and certification – Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) [Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario]
General info – Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) [Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario]
Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council website (CTTIC) [Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council]
Found in translation: Syrian refugee becomes interpreter for newcomers (B.C.) [Globe and Mail]
Using Interpreters in Health Care Settings [Canadian Paediatric Society]

Truck driving

External Links

Ontario First in Canada to Introduce Mandatory Entry-Level Training for Class A Truck Drivers [Government of Ontario]
Get a truck driver’s licence (Ontario) [Government of Ontario]
Ontario Truck Driver Licence Practice Test – Class A & D [Drivingtest.ca]
Update 2016 – Truck driver Supply and Demand Gap CPCS Final Report (Jan 9/17) [DriverShortage.ca]
I want to be a truck driver. What will my salary be? (Feb 11/15) [The Globe and Mail]
How Much Do Truck Drivers Make In Ontario With An AZ License? [Tri-County Training]
Guide – Truck Drivers (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Infocentre (B.C.)]

Welding

External Links

Hamilton: get ready to meet a new cohort of welders [Unpack Magazine by Immigrants Working Centre]
I want to be a welder. What will my salary be? [Globe and Mail]
Labour market profile: Welders and related machine operators (Ontario) [Government of Ontario]
What Does A Welder Do? [Apprenticesearch.com]
Welding Programs at Ontario Colleges [OntarioColleges.ca]
Guide – Welders (B.C.) [Skilled Immigrant Infocentre (BC)]

Other sector opportunities

Bridge programs in various occupations
Last Updated: June 18, 2017

Articles we are planning

Opportunities in roofing
Opportunities in retail
Opportunities in food preparation
Opportunities in hospitality (non-food preparation)
Opportunities in manufacturing
Entrepreneurship – starting a business

External Links

A new life, a full-time job: a success story for Syrian refugee family living in Ottawa (Bemac Autobody – automotive) (Jan 3/17) [CTV Ottawa]
Together Project plays matchmaker for government-assisted refugees (Nov 23/16) [Toronto Star]
How one businessman shows off what’s possible in Canada to his new refugee recruits from Syria [Paramount Fine Foods – food retail – Ontario] (Nov 4/16) [Financial Post]
Toronto cafe hiring Syrian refugees with experience in performing arts [The Theatre Cafe] (Sep 29/16) [Metro]
Scarborough companies hiring Syrian refugees [Adonis (food), 3-D Exteriors (landscaping) – Toronto] (May/16) [InsideToronto.com]
Paramount Fine Foods Commits To Hiring Syrian Refugees At Every Store [food retail – Ontario] (Mar 23/16) [Huffington Post]

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