Tips & Leads

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.

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.

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.

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.