Covid-19 update: This program is being delivered online.

New to Canada and trying to figure out how to apply your knowledge and experience in the medical field? The ELT Program, provided by Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS), could be for you!

Program Description

The four-month, twice per year Enhanced Language Training Program for internationally trained healthcare professionals (referred to as ELT) helps newcomers improve their job-specific language skills, develop professional networks and build workplace communication skills.

Held twice a year, this four-month course funded by Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada (IRCC) helps ease barriers faced by internationally-trained medical professionals and support their transition into medical careers in Canada. The program helps newcomers navigate the Canadian workplace and also if appropriate, access alternative careers in the healthcare sector that makes effective use of their knowledge and skills.

Even if some of the participants are conversant in English, the medical terminologies differ in healthcare from country to country. The course introduces the students to professional English and terminology, in addition to topics including workplace culture, ethics in healthcare, health and safety, technology and presentation and communications skills.

The course includes a volunteer placement with partner healthcare organizations such as University Health Network and Canadian Blood Services to provide participants with exposure to the Canadian healthcare environment as they practice their English language skills and gain experience.

This is a four-month course, held twice a year (usually from October to February and from May to September). Classroom sessions normally take place in Scarborough, but placement with a health care organization could be elsewhere in the GTA, depending upon the interest of the newcomer and openings available. The May, 2020 session will begin online.

To learn more or to sign up for the next course, please contact the ELT team at Catholic Crosscultural Services at 416-757-7010.