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Bridge Training Programs

Bridge training programs help qualified internationally trained individuals move quickly into the labour market in Ontario. They assess your existing skills and competencies, compared to Ontario employer expectations. They provide training and Canadian workplace experience without duplicating what you have already learned.

Some bridge training programs offer mentoring opportunities with established professionals to help you become certified or registered in your field.

Each bridge training program is different and may provide you with:

  • An assessment of your education and skills
  • Clinical or workplace experience
  • Skills training or targeted academic training programs
  • Preparation for a licence or certification examination
  • Language training for your profession or trade
  • Individual learning plans to identify any added training you may need

Bursaries for bridge training

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has introduced an Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program, which provides bursaries of up to $5,000 to internationally trained individuals participating in eligible Ontario Bridge Training programs offered by Ontario colleges and universities. 

These bursaries cover participants’ direct education costs not covered by the Ontario Student Assistance Program. Such costs can include tuition, books and equipment. For more information, including a list of who is eligible and eligible Ontario Bridge Training programs, visit the OBPAP webpage here.

If you want more detailed information, please forward your questions to us via Ask an Expert.

If you work in a regulated profession or trade and you are interested in a bridge training program, please refer to either the list of regulated professions or regulated trades.

For programs aimed at other professions and trades or that are not specific to any particular occupation, please refer to this list of other bridge training programs.

 List of available bridge training programs by profession:
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Agrology (agriculture) Law
Architecture Medical Laboratory Technology
Biotechnology Medical Radiation Technology
Business Medicine: Physician or Surgeon
Chartered Professional Accounting Midwifery
Construction Trades Nursing
Current Research Projects Occupational Therapy
Dietetics Optometry
Early Childhood Educator Pharmacy
Employer Engagement Physiotherapy
Electrical/Electronics Technology Professional Engineering
Environmental Project Management
Financial Services Sales and Marketing
General Social Work and Social Service Work
Health Care Supply Chain / Logistics
Human Resources Teacher
Information Technology Veterinary Medicine