Landing in a new country is often bewildering, and finding a job can be one of the most challenging experiences for newcomers to Canada.

Knowing what resources you have at your disposal, and learning where you can connect with people with key knowledge can be integral to your livelihood.

Bramptonist has put together a list of ten programs and events that may help. They range from workshops which train your employability skills to get a job in your field, to info-sessions on learning how to start your own business, to finding outfits to wear at your new workplace.  

These programs are not all exclusive to newcomers, and some are ongoing, e.g. for youth. Most of these programs, because of how they are sponsored by the government of Canada, have free registration and charge no fees throughout the duration of the program.

Employment Strategies for Individuals with International Experience (COSTI)

  • Workshop for foreign-trained persons who have migrated to Canada and are newcomers, to assist individuals to work related to their professional back grounds.
  • Staff at the Brampton location speak: Arabic, Cantonese, English, Hebrew, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu.
  • Date: Ongoing
  • Locations: GTA-central, GTA-west, GTA-north, Toronto-central, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan

Youth Job Connection (COSTI)

  • Workshop for youth, aged 15 to 29, who are out of work or school, includes opportunities to: develop employability skills, receive mentorship, training, and job placements. 
  • Staff at the Brampton location speak: Arabic, Cantonese, English, Hebrew, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu.
  • Date: Ongoing
  • Locations: GTA-central, GTA-west, GTA-north, Toronto-central, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan

Youth Job Connection (VPI Working Solutions)

  • Workshop for youth, aged 15 to 29, who are unemployed and actively enrolled in school, and includes free job placement services, access to full-time and part-time jobs, paid pre-employment workshops, job-search skills training, and financial support (of eligible).   
  • Date: Ongoing Locations: GTA-West, GTA-East, Ajax, Etobicoke, Oshawa

Career Pathways for Women

  • Workshop for women, not sector-specific.
  • Program: 2-week workshops where participants can gain skills required in the Canadian workforce.
  • Program highlights include navigating the Canadian job market, individual coaching and job search support, portfolio and career development, networking, mentoring, childcare support services (if eligible), and transportation cost reimbursement.
  • Date: starts on Monday, December 9
  • Location: GTA-central, Toronto-central

Licensing International Engineers into the Profession (LIEP)

  • Program info-session for foreign trained engineers who have migrated to Canada. LIEP is a program of the University of Toronto in partnership with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) that is the regulatory body for engineering in the province, through which engineers are licensed to practice.
  • Location: Malvern Employment & Social Services – 325 Milner Avenue, 9th Floor, Scarborough
  • Program start and end: January 14 (tentative) to April 25, 2020.
  • Application deadline: December 31, 2019
  • Location: University of Toronto, Toronto campus

IEP Conference

  • Workshop for persons in accounting and finance, banking, engineering, health care, IT (information technology), media, communications, PR (public relations), sales and marketing and technology entrepreneurship.
  • Program start: April 2021 (Click here for more details.)

Engineering Connections

  • Workshop with government employment centre Access Employment, for foreign trained engineers who have migrated to Canada, to help them bridge (integrate) into the working environment.
  • Program: 6-week duration, Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: GTA-North, Markham

 Connector Program

  • Workshop for individuals to connect with those who work in their field of study, opportunities to receive mentors in their fields, and info-sessions on Canadian workplace culture.
  • Program: Ongoing
  • Locations: GTA-Central, GTA-West, Brampton, Markham, Mississauga, North York, Scarborough

Self-Employment Pathways for Newcomers

  • Workshop for persons in all sectors, who are entrepreneurs or looking to run their own business.
  • Date: Ongoing
  • Locations: GTA-North, Markham, Newmarket, North York, Richmond Hill, Vaughan

Dress for Success

  • Workshop for women, to empower women to achiever economic experience and dress their best suitable for their work, also includes opportunities for women to attain professional outfits.
  • Date: ongoing
  • Locations: GTA-central, GTA-west, GTA-north, GTA-east

For more information, visit helpingnewcomerswork.ca programs and events.

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