Work to Consider

Hairstylist

An overview of hairstyling, including as a barber, in the Province of Ontario, with discussion of occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking requirement; compulsory licensing and requirements and process to become licensed; opportunity for newcomers with evidence of sufficient prior international experience to proceed directly to the qualifying exam; training programs available; and links to stories in the media.

Tips & Leads

Work Considerations for Newcomers with Disabilities

This post discusses work considerations and employment support for newcomers who have disabilities, whether unemployed or underemployed.

Jobs with Limited English: Tips and Advice for Newcomers

It can be challenging for newcomers to find meaningful work in Canada. The ability to communicate in English (or French, for those settling in Quebec) will be one of the most important contributors to success. It will affect the chances of being hired, of being promoted, and of being certified or licensed in many fields.

Where to begin

When and what to talk about, including: pre-arrival, within a sponsorship group; and with the newcomer soon after arrival; when formulating a plan; when preparation for a job search begins; and after a first hire.

Preparing for “Month 13”

A discussion of when and how to prepare for Month 13, in terms of employment following the end of a formal private sponsorship agreement. Also included is a discussion of Ontario Works financial support and clawbacks and of Child Benefit payments.

What every prospective employee should know

Information and links on topics to discuss with a newcomer, in preparation for seeking first-time employment in Canada, including: social insurance number; employment insurance; CPP contributions; union dues; pay periods; income tax; classification as an employee vs independent contractor; employee rights; termination within the first three months; and quitting.

Employment services

An explanation of what employment service providers do and the variety of services they offer; a list of the most frequently-mentioned employment services and other non-profit organizations in the GTA which help refugee newcomers prepare for, and find, employment; eligibility to use an employment service; and how a private sponsor or other volunteer can help a newcomer select an employment service and then collaborate with that service.

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.

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.

Elements of an employment strategy

The need for two strategies – one for the private sponsorship group, if any, and one for the newcomer. Look for collaboration and evolution. Topics to consider, from the assignment of responsibilities to the need to learn English, types of work to be considered, mentorship, training, when to start looking, use of an employment service, preparation for a search, and the search itself.