The Ontario Provincial government has announced the implementation of ten new Bridge Training projects which will aim to help more than 6,000 internationally trained people find jobs that match their skills and experience. Over the next three years, these bridge training projects will help newcomers:
- Prepare for license or certification exams;
- Get job training;
- Build clinical and workplace experience; and
- Assess their education and skills.
The projects are part of more than 80 active Bridge Training projects across the province that support a wide range of professions such as engineering, health care, business and information technology. Currently Ontario needs internationally trained newcomers in areas such as forestry, information technology and engineering, because of labour shortages. In total, Ontario’s training projects have targeted more than 100 occupations in order to help close to 50,000 highly skilled immigrants get licensed and get jobs in their professions. “The Ontario Bridge Training Program helps newcomers and their families build better lives in Ontario, “ said Michael Chan, the province’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. “Graduates should be able to use their skills and talents to find good jobs and help boost the economy. Our investments in bridge training build up our communities, our families and Ontario’s economy.” Leany Moreno, originally from the Philippines, is now an Industrial Treatment Engineer based in the Regional Municipality of York, and is full of praise for training projects. “In the beginning, I relied on a survival job to make both ends meet,” she explains. “The Ontario Bridge Training Programme at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority helped make my journey into the Ontario workforce easier. It helped me reach my career goals and find a job where I could put my skills and experience to work.” The latest investment in Ontario’s Bridge Training projects is CDN$9.4 million, and is part of a three-year investment in immigration services of CDN$64 million.