The Bridge Training Program for Registration and Employment in Mental Health (BREM) is funded by the Government of Ontario and delivered by The Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto, in partnership with community-based mental health and settlement organizations. BREM offers internationally trained mental health professionals two program streams.

Program Overview

The BREM program bridges the gap between international education and experience and the specific context of mental health practice in Canada. Combining classroom instruction, small group workshops, supervised placement experience, and job search support, this comprehensive program helps internationally trained professionals build the confidence and skills necessary for successful integration into the Canadian mental health workforce. We value the wealth of experience and education internationally educated mental health professionals bring to the program. Our goal is to help our participants “translate” their skills to the Canadian environment of professional practice. We do this by using a variety of applied learning activities that build on existing knowledge and professional experience and add new layers of cultural and professional competence.


  • While our classroom is located in North York, we offer the BREM program all over Ontario via online access.

Preparation for Employment Stream:

  • Minimum of 9 months, full-time program of over 800 hours, including 4-6 months of supervised placement, mentoring and job search supports.
  • The main goal of this program stream: Preparing participants to find meaningful employment in the field of mental health.

Preparation for Registration and Employment stream:

  • Minimum of 14 months, full-time program, including enhanced academic curriculum (over 1,100 hours, including a course series in psychotherapy), 6 months of supervised placement, SEUS seminar (Safe and Effective Use of Self), small group clinical supervision, mentoring and job search supports.
  • The main goal of this program stream: Preparing participants for registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)* and for employment in the field.


The BREM Program is designed for immigrant professionals who have:

  • Post-secondary education in psychology or a related field where a significant component is mental health (e.g., counselling, social work, medicine with specialization in psychiatry or psychotherapy, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy focusing on mental health, divinity counselling, etc).
  • The applicant’s post-secondary education must be evaluated as equivalent to a four-year Canadian Bachelor’s Degree, at the minimum.

Note: Applicants with a degree in medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, divinity, education and any other degree that isn’t directly related to psychology, must have a significant educational component related to mental health (minimum 100 hours).

  • A minimum of two years of relevant work experience in psychotherapy, counselling or community mental health outside of Canada and the US.
  • Language proficiency of CLB 7 or equivalent in all domains (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Immigration status: Citizens, permanent residents, convention refugees, and refugee claimants with a work permit.