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Specialized Language Training in Ontario
The Specialized Language Training Pilot Projects offer immigrants the opportunity to strengthen their language skills so they can get jobs that reflect their qualifications or function more effectively in jobs they currently have. Sixteen school boards across Ontario are offering this job-specific language training in one of two ways:
- Language Training for the Workplace (LTFW) assists immigrants in finding work in a specific field, by offering sector-specific English as a Second Language (ESL) / French as a Second Language (FSL) training; and
- Language Training in the Workplace (LTIW) helps immigrants who are already employed to improve their ESL/FSL language skills at work.
Key occupational sectors for this program include:
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- Accounting, Business and Finance
- Information Technology
- Engineering and Manufacturing
- Health Care and Pharmaceutical
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Food and Beverage
Since the launch of the Specialized Language Training Pilot Project initiative in 2006, 21 school boards across Ontario have received nearly $5.6 million to deliver 50 projects serving over 4,600 learners. The province is investing an additional $4.3 million over three years for 16 school boards to deliver 31 language training projects which will benefit approximately 3,800 learners. Overall, the Ontario government is investing over $64 million per year to provide language training for more than 120,000 learners across Ontario.