Careers: Province to Help Internationally Trained Professionals

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If you are an internationally trained professional – especially if you are a university professor, teacher, forester or healthcare professional (optometrist, pharmacist, social worker, nurse or food and nutrition specialist) – you may benefit from $5.8 million that will fund 15 bridge training projects in Ontario.

The 5.8 million dollars in provincial government funding was announced January 25th by Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, will help an estimated 1400 internationally trained newcomers over the next 3 years.

“Our government has made it a priority to help internationally trained individuals become integrated into Ontario’s workforce,” Chambers said. “The new bridge training projects will provide the internationally trained with the skills they need to be licensed to practice or work in their chosen profession in Ontario, without duplicating the education and training they have already received.”

“The bridge training project for internationally trained social workers is a positive step towards helping us serve the needs of an increasingly diverse community and will broaden the pool of talent available to organizations in the mental health field,” said Steve Lurie, Executive Director, Toronto Branch, The Canadian Mental Health Association. “Our branch actively seeks out social workers with international experience to help us ensure access to services for all people, including recent immigrants.”

“We owe it to newcomer professionals and skilled workers, and we owe it to ourselves, to speed their entry into the workforce,” said Chambers.

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