If you are an internationally trained professional looking to build your career in Ontario or know someone who is on the same quest, have a look at these relevant sites.
The Ontario government's initiative to help these professionals integrate and contribute to the Ontario economy is the Ontario Bridge Training programs. They help skilled newcomers get their license or certificate in their profession or trade, so that they can work in Ontario. Each bridge training program is unique, but in general they are designed to give internationally trained professionals:
- an assessment of their education and skills
- clinical or workplace experience
- skills training or targeted academic training
- preparation for a license or certification examination
- occupation-related language training
- individual learning plans to identify any added training needed
Global Experience Ontario is a one-stop centre offering a range of services for internationally trained individuals.
The GEO centre provides information for people who intend to apply to a regulatory body to obtain licensure to work in their field. Knowledgeable staff can explain the process for licensing and registration in Ontario.
English and French services are available in person, by telephone and online. Staff at the GEO centre also respond to information requests from prospective newcomers.
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials This centre provides information and referrals for people interested in coming to work in Canada. However what this centre is really known for is Information and referral on the assessment of foreign academic credentials, the recognition of qualifications, prior learning assessment and recognition, and credential assessment and evaluation services in Canada.