Boost for immigration skills programme in Canada

by Ray Clancy on November 27, 2013

More funding is going into a government run programme in Canada aimed at helping thousands of skilled immigrants get licensed and find jobs.

More newcomers immigrate to Ontario than any other province with official figures showing that nearly 40% of Canada’s immigrants land in Ontario.


Official figures showing that nearly 40% of Canada’s immigrants land in Ontario

The Ontario Bridge Training Programme, which has already supported 50,000 skilled workers is now getting a boost of $63.6 million from the government of Ontario and $16.6 million from the Canadian government over three years.

The programme provides services such as education and skills assessments, clinical or workplace experience, occupation related language training and exam preparation for professional licensing.

Among those it helps have been foreign trained nurses, engineers, accountants, bankers, optometrists and IT specialists who as a result are able to get the necessary licences and certificates to get jobs in their profession or trade.

By enhancing the Ontario Bridge Training Program, the governments of Ontario and Canada said that they are investing in jobs and the growth of the province’s economy.

‘Bridge training is about making the journey easier for internationally-trained individuals who want to put their skills and talents to work in Ontario,’ said Michael Coteau, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

‘I am proud of the innovation associated with this programme and the important role it plays in growing our economy and making lives better for immigrants and their families. Strengthening the Ontario Bridge Training Program is part of Ontario’s Immigration Strategy to help immigrants succeed and grow our economy,’ he added.

According to Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the programme will help thousands of newcomers over the next three years to get the training they need in their fields of expertise.

‘The government is building an immigration system that is focused on economic growth and ensuring that all Canadians, including immigrants, are able to become successful members of society. By supporting this programme the government is providing newcomers with the tools they need to thrive and become members of the Canadian workforce,’ he said.

One person who has already benefitted from the programme, Sunitha Kshatriya, explained that when she arrived in Ontario she wanted to use her skills and experience but had difficulty finding a job.

‘The Bridge Training programme at York University helped me reach my career goals, by giving me the training I needed to be successful in the Canadian workforce. I would recommend bridge training to any internationally trained professional who has the drive to succeed in this province,’ she said.


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sanjay September 14, 2015 at 7:09 am

i got full information on Canada from the below news
How To Migrate And Work In Canada?
Canada is one of the larget country and offers excellent opportunities for professionals. If you’re looking for overseas jobs in Canada, here are few guidelines as how to migrate and become a resident of Canada and to work there.

Apart from the Canada Express Entry, there are several ways


Sahbo June 5, 2016 at 10:31 am

hello , I am from Sentral Asia ,Tajikistan , is there eny programme for immigration or study to Canada?


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