Get Canadian Work Experience with a Practice Firm

July 25, 2009 | Frances

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Need Canadian experience? Need recent experience? Consider applying for a practical hands-on "job" with a practice firm. You don't get paid but the employment success rate for graduates is excellent.

A Practice Firm does all the business activities of a real business but does not actually get money for its products or services. The practice firms only do business with other practice firms in Canada and in Europe. Each firm is set up using a particular business sponsor as its model. The business operates like a real business but the product and money transactions are not real. Participants have specific roles in the business, such as accountant and they contribute to the success of their practice firm, just like in the real world.

In addition to their "job" at the practice firm, participants are coached and spend time each week on their active job search. The participants can take time off for job interviews.

Watch a video about practice firms. Click the forward arrow to see The Empty Box - the reality of a practice firm.

Toronto Practice Firms

Simplicious - catering and events with positions in:

  • Accounting
  • Administrative & Clerical
  • Communications & Information Technology
  • Purchasing
  • Graphic Arts
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Human Resources

Financial Corporation - finance company

They currently are looking for:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Accounting and Payroll Assistant
  • Financial Advisor
  • General Accountant
  • Sales & Marketing Specialist
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Web-Designer/Developer

They are equipped for applicants with disabilities, including Braille translators and other specialized equipment. Interested participants should call them at 416-396-5654 to find out more about the program. They hold information sessions every Wednesday at 11:00am.

Real Co. Canada - real estate company, with a strong focus on commercial and residential property leasing, property sales and customized leasing services in Toronto.
Participants are able to gain real experience and practice their skills in the following departments:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Administration
  • IT

World Service Cargo - logistics and warehousing

For immigrant men and women.

Work in accounting, information technology, marketing and sales, supply chain logistics, and administrative positions.

  • Accounts Payable/ Receivable, Accounting Clerk, Accountant, Payroll Clerk, Financial Controller
  • Applications/Database Developer (.Net and/or SQL)
  • Graphic Designer
  • Network Technician/Administrator
  • Web Developer/Master
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Sales Assistant
  • Purchasing
  • Inventory Control
  • Warehousing
  • Administrative Assistant/Reception
  • Administrative Assistant/Data Processing

There are others in the GTA:

Simpressions - located in Markham, serving eligible individuals residing in York Region/Bradford West Gwillimbury. Specializing in digital printing, graphic design and promotional items.

Simfit - located in Mississauga, serving eligible residents of Mississauga. Focuses on well being.

Pieces of History - located in Woodbridge. Buying, selling and appraisal of antiques and collectibles.

How do you get a "job" with a practice firm?

  • Check the site for practice firm that interests you.
  • Talk to an employment counselor at an Employment Resource Centre.

More information about the concept of practice firms:

Southern Ontario's First Practice Firm
Practice Firms Help Develop Workplace Skills
Practice Makes Perfect for Immigrant Women

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UPDATE, Feb 2, 2010: World Cargo is for immigrant men as well as women.