Tips & Leads

Entrepreneurship – starting a business in Canada

Links to information resources for newcomers wanting to start their own businesses. Includes an outline of various programs offered in the GTA to help newcomers start a business. There is link to sources of financial support and numerous stories reported in the media about refugee newcomers having started their own businesses in Canada.

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.

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.