Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre is a proud partner with The Mentoring Partnership, which pairs skilled immigrants with mentors in their professional field. Run by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), the program is delivered by organizational partners and community agencies across the GTA. Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre and our fellow service delivery partners recruit mentees and mentors and provide coaches to support both sides through the mentoring relationship.

Mentees in the program receive advice and support from their mentors on preparing for the Canadian labour market and finding work in the GTA.

To become a mentee, you must:

  • have lived in Canada for less than five years and have limited or no Canadian work experience in your profession OR have re-engaged with your profession through academic training or bridging within the past 2 years
  • have the English skills required to perform effectively in the workplace
  • have at least two years of international work experience in your area of expertise
  • have achieved at least a bachelor’s degree – or equivalent post-secondary education – from outside of Canada
  • be eligible to work in Canada
  • be currently unemployed or underemployed i.e. not working in your field of expertise
  • be actively seeking work in your field​

What mentees say about the impact of the program:

  • 97% of mentees reported being satisfied with their mentoring experience
  • 95% said they gained a better understand the Canadian work environment.
  • 92% of mentees report they are better prepared for employment in their profession
  • 92% of mentees feel their resume better reflects their skills and qualifications

All potential mentees must meet with a coach to sign up with a service delivery partner and be screened for eligibility for the program.