Newly arrived people in Canada can access the country’s Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Programme which provides temporary Canadian work experience and training opportunities.

Officials explained that the work experience with federal government departments, agencies and private sector organizations covers a wide variety of job types and positions.

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Internships are offered in fields like policy, administration, project management, computer science, communications, science and finance.

Interns are hired for 90 working days and the internship can also be extended by an additional 90 working days. A mentor is provided for the duration of the internship.

In addition to gaining Canadian work experience, interns are able to learn about Canadian workplace culture, understand hiring processes, network with professionals and attend orientation sessions or training.

To be eligible, applicants must be a permanent resident or a Canadian citizen in Canada for less than 10 years based on the date they became a permanent resident and have the necessary language abilities in English or French.

They also need to be registered and successfully screened by one of the programme’s immigrant service organization partners and live within a 125 kilometre radius of Ottawa/Gatineau or Toronto or within a 75 kilometre of Vancouver or Victoria.

To take part, would-be applicants should contact one of the program’s immigrant service organization partners to be assessed for employment readiness. ‘This is mandatory, as the organization will be contacted to verify that you have successfully gone through this process,’ explained a spokesman.

The organization will meet each applicant in person and evaluate their language skills in English or French, refer them to the appropriate licensing/assessment bodies for the assessment of credentials if required, and refer them to additional job readiness training, if needed, for issues such as resume writing or interview coaching.

Applicants also need to submit a resume of what the internship would mean for them and complete a questionnaire about their education and experience to see how they fit with the job requirements.

Management may choose one or more asset qualifications at the pre-screening stage to determine the number of applicants who will advance to the next stage of the selection process.