Tips & Leads

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.

Searching for Jobs Online

Job boards Online job boards are search engines designed to filter through job openings. They can be very useful to gather information about companies that are hiring, the roles they are seeking to […]

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 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.

Canadian Language Benchmarks

The Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) provides a common assessment method for individuals who are learning English as a second language. This post discusses their purpose and the means of assessment. It explains the classification of 12 benchmarks into three stages and provides a link to “Can Do statements”, in terms of listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities.

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.

Mentorship for newcomers

An overview of mentorship programs offered in the GTA, including those of many organizations affiliated with TRIEC (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council) and a few other organizations. Many of these programs require CLB 6 English. Also discussed is the role that sponsors can play as mentors, themselves, or in introducing newcomers to mentors.