Evaluating international education and work skills

This post provides links to other websites for articles on the need to evaluate newcomer education and work skills; service providers of credential evaluation for individuals with degrees from outside of Canada; an in-depth report on the challenges facing refugee newcomers, in terms of being able to provide education and training credentials; and a guide to finding a translator in Ontario.

Training programs in various occupations

An overview of the different types of training programs available to refugee newcomers in the GTA, some of which are specifically tailored for their circumstances and others of which are targeted to all newcomers, or to all Canadians. The include bridge training programs for internationally-trained professionals, apprenticeships for skilled trades, shorter training programs, and enhanced Language Training (ELT) with skills training.

Programs for youth

A description of who generally qualifies as “youth”; employment services and other agencies offering programs specifically targeting refugees, all newcomer youth, or all youth facing barriers to employment, including refugees; with a summary of the Employment Ontario-funded programs, Youth Job Connection, Youth Job Connections Summer, Youth Skills Connections, and Youth Job Link; as well as a link to an article on finding job listing websites for youth.

Programs for women

Information on employment services, programs, and a job board, either designed specifically for, or likely to appeal to, refugee newcomer women. Also included are links to published reports on the particular employment challenges faced by immigrant women in Canada.

A guide to loans for newcomers to cover licensing and training

A description of programs of Windmill Microlanding (formerly Immigrant Acess Fund – IAF), providing loans of up to $10,000 to cover licensing or training expenses for newcomer tradespeople, skilled workers and professionals. Eligibility requirements, permitted uses, and principal and interest terms are outlined for both refugee and non-refugee newcomers.

Private colleges

An outline of occupations for which private colleges in Ontario offer courses, which may be of interest to newcomers, despite their high cost, a link to possible government financial assistance (through a combination of grant and loan), and important advice to thoroughly research any such educational organizations of interest, due to past reports of unfavourable practices in numerous instances.