Business Connections en Français is an online bridging program which helps post-secondary internationally-trained bilingual (French/English) professionals to secure commensurate employment in their field. It provides bilingual newcomers with occupation-specific language, workplace culture and communication skills, technical skills training in Canadian business practices, employment supports and employment placement. The program’s academic component is offered in partnership with College Boreal and features highly targeted classes that will help you develop a competitive edge in your job search. The program will also help you connect with employers who are committed and dedicated to hiring bilingual internationally trained professionals.

Program Components:

  • Job Search and Interview Support from a bilingual employment consultant
  • Referrals to job openings and connections to employers
  • One-to-one Coaching to improve your English language communication and business communication skills
  • Rigorous online business and workplace communication training from Collège Boréal
  • A focus on building your professional network through:
    • Mentoring
    • Speed Mentoring en Français
    • Networking events
    • Employer Connections

Eligibility:

  • Program is designed for all internationally-trained professionals who are newcomers to Canada, permanent residents, convention refugees, refugees and refugee claimants who are eligible to work in Ontario
  • Project participants will be required to be bilingual and have completed post-secondary education (or equivalent) outside of Canada.
  • Participants must have a minimum of 2 years of work experience in their field, or related work experience that features a transferable skill-set obtained outside of Canada
  • Participants are also required to demonstrate a strong commitment to building a Canadian career
  • A minimum of CLB 8 in French and CLB 7 in English is required for admission into the program.
  • Internationally-trained professionals who have completed post-secondary education in Canada, temporary foreign workers, individuals without post-secondary credentials, international students and provincial nominees are not eligible for services funded by the Ontario Bridge Training Program