Bridging Programs: A Guide for Newcomers

Bridge training programs are for all immigrant newcomers (and not just refugees) who already have a combination of international post-secondary education and work experience, as well as a high level of English proficiency.

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.

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.

Getting a Driver’s Licence in Ontario

Why newcomers should apply for a licence as soon as possible, an explanation of G2, G1, and G level drivers licensing in Ontario, and some ways to speed up the process. Also included are links to stories in the media about newcomer frustration about how the wait rules currently apply to them, including for driving a truck.