Temporary or Transitional? – Migrant Workers’ Experiences with Permanent Residence in Canada

Although more and more temporary migrant workers are becoming permanent residents in Canada, their experience with immigration opportunities remains under-studied. This study aims to fill that gap by examining the lived experience of migrant workers — in skilled and low-skilled occupations — who transition to permanent residence   Click here to read the report

Foreign Credential Referral Office

The Foreign Credential Referral Office makes skilled newcomers and potential immigrants know if they are ready to work in Canada, the challenges they may face when trying to get a job and the  documents they may need. There is more information at  http://www.credentials.gc.ca/

Canadian Experience Class

This program assists temporary foreign workers  or foreign students who graduated in Canada to make a transition from temporary to permanent residence. For application guides , information and forms, please visit  http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/cec/index.asp .

Occupation Specific Language Training

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has funded 13 colleges across Ontario to offer occupation-specific language training courses at no cost to newcomers who • have training or experience in a specific occupation or sector but need to improve occupation-specific communication skills • have language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels 6 to 8 in at … Read more

Foreign Credential Recognition

The Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) program is one of the key components of the government’s Internationally Trained Workers Initiative. This initiative is an integrated, comprehensive strategy in which over 14 federal departments work together to address the barriers to working in Canada that internationally trained workers face. Through the FCR program, the Government of Canada … Read more

Enhanced Language Training

The Enhanced Language Training (ELT) program started in 2003-2004 to provide newcomers with higher levels of language training in Canada’s two official languages. Through job-specific language training, ELT helps newcomers to more easily and quickly find and keep jobs for which they are qualified. For more information see http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/partner/elt-spo.asp

Skilled Worker Program

The Program invites skilled workers who  have education, work experience, knowledge of English or French and other abilities that will help them to establish themselves successfully as permanent residents in Canada to come and work in Canada. For details please visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/index.asp

Newcomer Information Centres (NIC)

NIC provides for an Information and Referral Service for newcomers to Canada, which provides relevant and up-to-date information and; a self-directed Resource Centre. The following services are provided: Information and referral to community and government programs and services for settlement needs Group information sessions Computers and Internet access Access to fax and photocopier Friendly staff GOVERNMENT CONTACT: … Read more

Community Services for Newcomers

Community services for newcomers include free services such as: language training help with everyday tasks finding a job helping newcomers adjust to life in Canada Visit http://www.servicesfornewcomers.cic.gc.ca/index.php to find the service of your chioce. GOVERNMENT CONTACT: Toronto CIC Information Call Centre 1-888-242-2100

Job Search Workshops (JSW)

JSW provides short-term pre-employment workshops designed especially for recent immigrants. It offers day, evening or Saturday classes (3-4 days), on Resume preparation, job applications, labour market information and interview preparation. It also provides free access to telephones, fax machines, photocopiers, and computers. GOVERNMENT CONTACT: www.jswontario.org 416-658-7499 or 1-800-813-2614

Business Immigration Program A- Entrepreneurs Program

This program encourages and facilitates the admission of experienced entrepreneurs to Canada. See Business Immigration Program and Immigrant Entrepreneur Program. GOVERNMENT CONTACT: Ontario Immigration and Settlement Office 6th floor, 400 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario M7A 2R9 1-800-267-7329

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