Work to Consider

Engineering

This guide for newcomer engineers outlines the process for licensing; funding sources for licensing and training; licensing and bridging programs for ITEs; and other engineering-related occupations to consider.

Long and Short Haul Truck Driving

An overview of the different types of transport driving opportunities in Canada; the pros and cons of working in the trucking industry; training programs available across Canada and a discussion of the training and licensing requirements in different provinces; the amount of experience required; English language proficiency requirements; unionization; job outlook; and stories in the media.

Manufacturing

Often, the term “manufacturing” conjures images of large factories where employees work on an assembly line to piece things together, such as fabricated metal products, machinery, and automobiles. Given the diversity of products and production methods, there are many different jobs within the manufacturing sector.

Construction Trades

An overview of job opportunities in the construction trades in the GTA, with discussion of occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking requirement; licensing and training requirements; apprenticeships and other training programs available; and stories in the media.

Landscaping and horticulture

An overview of job opportunities in landscaping and horticulture in the GTA, with discussion of different occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking and licensing requirements; training programs available; questions to help determine if this seems like good work for a particular individual; comments about seasonality, the impact of inclement weather, hiring periods during the year; job boards commonly used, a recommendation to learn work-specific terminology; and questions to ask at a job interview.

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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.

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.

Applying for a job

This article focuses on the process of looking for work in a specific sector or occupation or applying for a specific job. It will be most useful in cases where a newcomer is not using an employment service. It covers opening the door through a connection; resume preparation; cover letters; LinkedIn profiles; resume tailoring; online search engines/job boards; applying by email or online; job fairs; knocking on doors/Applying on-site; researching the employer; labour market information; job interviews; and following up interviews.

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.