Ontario Helping Skilled Newcomers Train For Jobs In Their Field

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The Ontario government is helping more than 2,200 highly skilled newcomers get the training they need to help them find jobs that match their education, qualifications and experience.

Provincial funding is being renewed for 12 bridge training programs, including three at Ryerson University – for internationally-educated dieticians, social workers and midwives. Bridge training programs help internationally trained workers adapt their experience and skills to the Ontario job market without having to repeat previous education or training. Through these programs, newcomers develop the technical, cultural and language-related skills needed to succeed.

Ontario is investing $8.8 million to renew 12 programs across the province. Since 2003, the Ontario government has helped about 41,000 newcomers in over 220 different professions get licensed and find jobs in their fields through bridge training programs. Two out of three adult newcomers to Ontario have postsecondary education or training.

“The renewed funding from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration will allow The Chang School to continue to offer high-quality educational programs that bridge internationally educated professionals into the Canadian workforce,” says Dr. Gervan Fearon, Dean of Ryerson University’s Raymond Chang School of Continuing Learning. “Providing access to education and professional development allows new Canadians to reach their goals of meaningful employment and contribute in the economy benefiting all Canadians. I cannot stress enough the importance of building a sense of inclusion in Canadian society.”

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