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Bridge Training Programs

Non-Regulated Professions

If you do not see your profession or trade in this list, check the list of regulated professions and the list of regulated trades.

Biotechnology

Certificate in Life Science Enterprise

University of Toronto - School of Continuing Studies

The certificate in Life Science Enterprise is designed for individuals with a background in the field of sciences who are looking to enhance their skills and prepare for employment within the life science sector.

This Certificate in Life Science Enterprise offers following courses; Effective Communication and Negotiation, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Employment in Life Sciences.

Note: Financial assistance may be available to eligible students through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP) provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

Website: http://learn.utoronto.ca/courses-programs/business-professionals/certificates/certificate-in-life-science-enterprise-management
Telephone : 905-569-4508
Email: scs.biotech@utoronto.ca
Location: Mississauga

International Biotechnology Technologist Professionals (IBioTP)

Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology

This program offers an intensive International Biotechnology Technologist advanced diploma. Internationally-educated professionals holding degrees in the sciences can obtain a three-year advanced diploma in one year. Participants receive occupational language training, cultural training, Canadian work experience, one-on-one mentorship from industry personnel who have a background in biotechnology or a related field, employment preparation and job placement support.

Website: www.algonquincollege.com
Telephone : 613-727-4723 ext. 3228
Email: diakund@algonquincollege.com
Location: Ottawa

Business

Bridge Program for Internationally Educated Professionals

York University

The Bridge Training for Internationally Educated Professionals program helps internationally trained professionals with backgrounds in accounting, business, finance, management, marketing, public administration and information technology find employment in their field of expertise. The program provides training in Canadian business culture and communication, occupation-specific language training, and technical upgrading in participants’ area of professional focus. Participants also receive career coaching and opportunities to connect with employers through mentoring, networking and internships. Participants who complete the program can earn a certificate from York University.

Website: www.yorku.ca/makemore
Telephone: 416-736-5620
Email: makemore@yorku.ca
Location: Toronto

Business Edge: A Program for Internationally Educated Professionals

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Business Edge is an Executive Education program for highly skilled immigrant professionals who are determined to take their careers to the next level.

Participants develop a thorough understanding of Canadian workplace culture and the ‘unwritten rules’ that govern it. They develop the skills needed to gain visibility and build networks critical to their success. They master the ability to present, negotiate, influence, and lead. In sum, graduates emerge with a clear understanding of their brand and their value – and how to capitalize on both.

The program is open to people in all professions who have at least two years’ work experience in Canada and who are currently working but under-employed.

Website: http://rotmanexecutive.com/businessedge
Telephone: 416-978-7059
Email: sabina.michael@rotman.utoronto.ca
Location: Toronto

Pathways to Employment (PEN)

Community MicroSkills Development Centre

This program helps internationally trained individuals in the business and information technology sectors find work in their field. The program includes individual career planning, job search and retention strategies, workplace culture and communications training, work experience and networking opportunities.

Website: www.microskills.ca/business-services-employment/
Telephone: 416-247-7181 ext. 2246
Etobicoke: 416-247-7181 ext. 2275
North York: 416-247-7181 ext. 2345
Brampton: 416-247-7181 ext. 2805
Email: admin@microskills.ca
Location: Toronto

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Employment Counselling

Career and Work Counsellor Program (for Internationally Educated Professionals)

George Brown College

Participants build on their previous education and experience through academic and occupation-specific language training, as well as job placement opportunities. Graduates of the program meet the Canadian National Standards and Guidelines for Career Counsellors. They will be qualified to enter the Ontario labour market in the employment counselling field.

Website: www.georgebrown.ca/C129-2014-2015/
Email: communityservices@georgebrown.ca
Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 2185
Location: Toronto

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Environmental

Bridging to Environmental Occupations

YWCA Hamilton

This program helps internationally educated environmental professionals find employment in their field. It provides participants with sector-specific language/communication training, cultural integration, and technical academic training. Participants also have the opportunity to gain Canadian work experience in the form of work placements, internships, volunteering or mentorships.

Website: http://ywcahamilton.org/programs-services/settlement-services
Email: bridging@ywcahamilton.org
Telephone: 905-522-9922 ext. 142 or 905-522-9922 ext. 150
Location: Hamilton

Bridging to Green Careers

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

This program helps internationally trained individuals with backgrounds in engineering and the natural sciences to find jobs in the green or environmental sector. The program includes academic training in one of the two career streams; energy management or natural environments. The program also includes job search supports, employment counselling, as well as mentorship and work experience opportunities. Upon completion, participants will receive a post-graduate certificate from Seneca College.

Website: www.senecacollege.ca/ce/bridging/bridge-training-programs/bes.html
Email: bridging@senecacollege.ca
Telephone: 416-491-5050 ext. 77337
Location: Toronto

Green Economy Employment Program

Community Microskills Development Centre

This program helps internationally trained professionals with backgrounds in project management, civil engineering, research and quality assurance, to find jobs within the green economy. This program includes academic training offered through Ryerson University, as well as workplace culture and communications training and work placement opportunities. Participants will receive a Sustainability Program Certificate upon completion.

Website: http://www.microskills.ca/green-economy/
Telephone: 416-247-7181 ext. 2226
Etobicoke: 416-247-7181 ext. 2275
North York: 416-247-7181 ext. 2345
Brampton: 416-247-7181 ext. 2805
Email: admin@microskills.ca
Location: Toronto

Professional Access and Integration Enhancement Program (PAIE)

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

The program helps internationally trained environmental engineers and geoscientists get licensed and employed in their field. Participants are provided with technical training, as well as occupation-specific language and Workplace Communication and Culture training. Employment counselling and individual support is also provided.

Participants also complete a 12-month paid work placement with environmental industry employers and take the Professional Practice Exams to fulfill the requirements to become licensed as Professional Engineers and Professional Geoscientists with Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) respectively.

Website: www.trca.on.ca/paie/
Contact: Leigha Abergel, Project Manager, PAIE Program
Email: labergel@trca.on.ca
Telephone: 416-661-6600 ext. 5343
Location: Toronto

Pathways to Employment in the Sustainability and Energy Sector

Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This program helps internationally trained professionals with education and work experience in engineering, environmental science and/or architecture to find employment in the sustainability and energy sector. It provides participants with 15 weeks of technical training, occupation-specific language training and sector-specific employment services.

Website: www.newtocanada.humber.ca/bridging-programs/pathways-into-sustainability-and-energy.html
Email: ite@humber.ca
Phone: 416-675-6622 ext. 5932
Location: Toronto

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Financial Services

Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals

York University

This program helps internationally trained business, finance and administration professionals find employment in their field. The program provides training in Ontario business culture, ethics, law and taxation, as well as occupation-specific language training, technical upgrading and mentoring opportunities. Participants also receive exam preparation for the Canadian Securities Course, and/or Certified Financial Planners, Certified General Accountants and Certified Accountants exams.

Website: http://www.yorku.ca/makemore
Telephone: 416-736-5620
Email: makemore@yorku.ca
Location: Toronto

College Immigrant Pathways - Financial Services Essentials

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

This program helps internationally trained financial services professionals find work in the banking, securities and insurance sectors. Participants are provided with technical skills upgrading, as well as occupation-specific and workplace cultural communications needed to excel in the financial sector. Once participants finish the training portion of the project, they have access to a field placement. Participants are also paired with a mentor, giving them the opportunity to connect with industry experts and potential employers.

Website: www.senecacollege.ca/ce/bridging/bridge-training-programs/financial-services-essentials.html
Email: bridging@senecacollege.ca
Telephone: 416-491-5050, ext. 77337
Location: Toronto

Financial Services Connections

Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)

This three-week program helps internationally trained finance professionals find employment in the Canadian financial sector. The program offers training in occupation-specific language, workplace culture and communication, technical skills and exam preparation.

Website: www.accesemployment.ca/index.php/job-seekers-toronto-gta
Telephone: 416-921-1800
Email: www.accesemployment.ca/index.php/acces-employment-staff-directory/toronto/53-toronto/20-rizwan-abdul
Location: Toronto

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Health Care

Bridge Training for Internationally Trained Psychologists and Allied Mental Health Professionals

Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto

This program helps internationally trained mental health professionals obtain professional recognition to practice their profession in Ontario. The program provides academic training to meet Canadian professional practice requirements, clinical placement in settlement and community health/mental health agencies, occupation-specific language training.

Website: www.bridgingprograms.org/
Telephone: 647-776-2057 ext. 307
Email: mindran@mnlct.org
Location: Toronto

Bridge Training in Healthcare Interpreting for Internationally Educated Professionals

York University

This program provides internationally educated health professionals with specialized training in healthcare interpretation services in languages other than English and French. It provides participants with workplace culture and communication training, occupation-specific language training, opportunities to gain Canadian work experience, preparation for the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters exam and employment services.

The program will be accessible Ontario-wide in an online format and aims to increase stakeholder networks so that internships and other opportunities are available in municipalities across the province.

Website: www.yorku.ca
Telephone: 416-736-2100 ext. 88339
Email: aclifford@gl.yorku.ca
Location: Toronto

Catholic Centre for Immigrants

Career Transitions for International Medical Doctors

This program helps internationally educated medical graduates and other healthcare professionals explore employment options in the non-regulated alternative healthcare sector. The program includes workshops on transferable skills and healthcare sector orientation. It also provides occupation-specific language education, workplace culture and communications training, and employment opportunities.

Website: www.imd-info.ca/homepage.htm
Contact: Arber Zaplluzha, Program Manager
Email: arber@cic.ca
Telephone: 613-232-9634 ext. 418
Location: Ottawa

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

The Michener Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Medical Laboratory Technologists

The Michener Bridging Program for internationally educated medical laboratory technologists is an in class 16 week program. You will gain valuable simulated laboratory experience, intensive theory review, and thorough preparation to write the CSMLS certification exam. The simulated laboratory courses will assist you in obtaining Canadian work experience. This course will also fulfill all refresher course requirements from your Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Bridging Program students will have access to a variety of student supports offered at the Michener Institute.

This course will also fulfill all refresher course requirements from your Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Bridging Program students will have access to a variety of student supports offered at the Michener Institute.

Website: www.michener.ca/bridging
Email: bridgingprogram@michener.ca
Telephone: 416 596-3101, ext. 3147
Location: Toronto

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

The Michener Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Radiological (X-Ray) Technologists

The Michener Bridging Program for internationally educated medical laboratory technologists is an in class 15 week program. You will review core theory and obtain thorough preparation to write the CAMRT certification exam. Bridging Program students will have access to a variety of student supports offered at the Michener Institute.

Website: www.michener.ca/bridging
Email: bridgingprogram@michener.ca
Telephone: 416-596-3101 ext. 3147
Location: Toronto

Pathways to Health Care Employment in North-Western Ontario for Internationally Trained Individuals

Confederation College

This project works to connect qualified bridge training participants seeking employment in a health-care field with employers in North-Western Ontario looking to hire health-care professionals.

Website: www.confederationc.on.ca/splash/
Telephone: 807-475-6211
Email: bernosky@confederationc.on.ca
Location: Thunder Bay

Programme d'accès aux services de santé pour les immigrants (PASSI)
Access to Health Services Program for Immigrants “AHSPI”

La Cité Collégiale

This program provides specialized training to internationally trained health services professionals to help them find employment in the same field in Ontario. This program includes occupation-specific language training, communication and the culture of the work environment; work environment simulation exercises and opportunities for visiting, networking and job shadowing with employers in related fields.

Website: www.lacitec.on.ca
Telephone: 613-742-2492 ext. 2803
Email: pvalin@lacitec.on.ca
Location: Ottawa

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Human Resources

Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals

York University

This program assists internationally educated human resource professionals (IEHRPs) to succeed in becoming employed and integrated effectively in their profession at levels commensurate with their skills and experience and in roles appropriate to their career path.

The program includes a comprehensive skills and experience assessment, access to specialized curriculum that addresses identified gaps, ongoing language and communications skills upgrading to ensure compatibility with job market and employer expectations; mentorship, internship and career coaching opportunities. It also helps IEHRPs earn their professional designation as Certified Human Resource Professionals.

Website: www.yorku.ca/makemore
Email: makemore@yorku.ca
Location: Toronto

Human Resources Connections

Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)

This seven-week program helps internationally trained professionals in the human resources field find employment commensurate with their experience and education. Participants will have access to human resources professional networks, mentoring, guest speakers, as well as post-hire services to support workplace activities.

Website: http://www.accesemployment.ca/index.php/job-seekers-toronto-gta
Telephone: 905-454-2316
Email: www.accesemployment.ca/index.php/acces-employment-staff-directory/brampton/49-brampton/23-michelle-allen-
Location: Greater Toronto Area

Job Skills Human Resources Bridging Program

Job Skills Employment and Business Programs and Supports

This program helps internationally trained human resources professionals fast track their employment in their field. It includes four HR college credit courses required for the completion of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, sector-specific language training, occupation-specific technical training, valuable work placement experience and employer networking events.

Website: http://www.jobskills.org/bridgetohr/index.html
Email: bridgetohr@jobskills.org
Phone: 905-940-7982
Location: Markham

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Information Technology

Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Professionals

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science, York University

The Bridge Training for Internationally Educated Professionals program helps internationally trained professionals with backgrounds in accounting, business, finance, management, marketing, public administration and information technology find employment in their field of expertise. The program provides training in Canadian business culture and communication, occupation-specific language training, and technical upgrading in participants’ area of professional focus. Participants also receive career coaching and opportunities to connect with employers through mentoring, networking and internships. Participants who complete the program can earn a certificate from York University.

Website: www.yorku.ca/makemore
Email: makemore@yorku.ca
Telephone: 416-736-5620
Location: Toronto

Bridging to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Occupations

YWCA Hamilton

This program helps internationally educated ICT professionals find employment in their field. It provides participants with sector-specific language/communication training, cultural integration, and technical academic training. Participants also have the opportunity to gain Canadian work experience in the form of work placements, internships, volunteering or mentorships.

Website: http://ywcahamilton.org/programs-services/settlement-services
Email: bridging@ywcahamilton.org
Telephone: 905-522-9922 ext. 142 or 905-5229922 ext. 150
Location: Hamilton

Coaching to Career Initiative

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) Canada, Inc.

This program assists internationally educated information and communications technology (ICT) professionals integrate successfully into ICT workplaces at levels commensurate with their skills and experience. Participants receive three weeks of intensive training to hone their culture and communication skills, branding and self-marketing skills, professional networking skills and interview skills. They also enter a coaching relationship with high-level industry leader coaches who have been oriented in effective coaching skills for this client group. Additionally, new hires and their employers are assisted with three months of effective workplace integration support.

Website: www.ictc-ctic.ca/?page_id=2409
Email: coaching@ictc-ctic.ca
Phone: 613-237-8551
Location: Toronto

Information Technology Connections

Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)

This program provides internationally trained information technology professionals with occupation-specific communications training and mentoring opportunities.

Website: www.accesemployment.ca/index.php/job-seekers-toronto-gta
Telephone: 905-361-2522
Email: http://www.accesemployment.ca/index.php/acces-employment-staff-directory/mississauga/50-mississauga/22-robert
Location: Greater Toronto Area

Integrated Work Experience Strategy Ontario

Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) Canada, Inc.

This program offers workplace culture and communications training as well as mentoring and work placement opportunities for internationally trained information technology professionals.

Website: www.ictc-ctic.ca/?page_id=2510
Telephone: 613-237-8551
Email: info@ictc-ctic.ca
Location: Markham

Mobile Systems Integration Bridging Program for Internationally Trained IT Professionals

Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This program is for internationally trained professionals with backgrounds in information technology, computer science or engineering (computer, electronics or electrical). In 19 weeks, participants can gain advanced concepts and skills in computer networking, information security, installation and configuration of servers in a virtualized environment with an emphasis on operating systems.

Website: http://newtocanada.humber.ca/bridging-programs/mobile.html
Email: iti-mobile@humber.ca
Telephone: 416-675-6622 ext. 2613
Location: Toronto

Navigating the Canadian IT Workplace

Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre

This program is for internationally educated Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals in the Ottawa area. It offers a technical training and full-time professional work placements in the ICT sector that will expose participants to employment in the ICT sector in the Ottawa area.

Website: www.occsc.org/bridging-it-training
Email: song.guo@occsc.org
Phone: 613-235-4875 ext. 138
Location: Ottawa

.NET Solutions for Internationally Trained IT Professionals

Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

This program helps internationally trained professionals with computer programming experience find jobs in their field. This program is designed to provide participants with the advanced concepts, skills and knowledge required to work as .NET Solutions Developers, Business Analysts, Software Developers, etc. Participants will also benefit from workplace culture and communications, job search and job development supports.

Website: http://newtocanada.humber.ca/bridging-programs/net.html
Email: melinda.kao@humber.ca 
Telephone: 416-675-6622 ext. 4734
Email: iti-net@humber.ca
Location: Toronto

Programme d’accèss aux technologies de l’information et des communications “PRATIC”
(Access to information technology and communications program)

La Cité Collégiale

This program helps internationally trained Francophone information and communications technology professionals find employment in their field. The program includes occupation-specific language training, as well as workplace culture and communications courses. Participants have access to internships in the Ottawa region. English courses are also offered in order for participants to work in a bilingual workplace.

Website: http://pratic.citedesaffaires.com/
Telephone: 613-742-2483 ext. 2831
Email: bgagno@lacitec.on.ca
Location: Ottawa

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Project Management

Engineering Connections: Project Management

Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)

This program helps internationally trained engineers who are seeking employment in the program management field. The program includes academic training on the Fundamentals of Project management with an overview of the Canadian project management environment, project management essentials and Microsoft Project software. Participants will also have access to post-employment/workplace supports that will address employment specific needs related to language development.

Website: www.accesemployment.ca/index.php/job-seekers-toronto-gta/services#9
Email: http://www.accesemployment.ca/index.php/acces-employment-staff-directory/mississauga/50-mississauga/18-gabriela-tavaru
Telephone: 905-361-2522
Location: Toronto

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Sales and Marketing

Sales and Marketing Connections

Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)

The Sales and Marketing Connections program helps internationally trained sales and marketing professionals find employment in their field in Ontario. The program includes business communications coaching, occupation-specific language training and sector-specific employment services.

Website: www.accestrain.com/index.php/job-seekers-toronto-gta/services
Email: www.accesemployment.ca/index.php/acces-employment-staff-directory/brampton/49-brampton/14-hyacinth-campbell
Telephone: 905-361-2522
Location: Greater Toronto Area

Bridge Training for Internationally Educated Professionals

York University

The Bridge Training for Internationally Educated Professionals program helps internationally trained professionals with backgrounds in accounting, business, finance, management, marketing, public administration and information technology find employment in their field of expertise. The program provides training in Canadian business culture and communication, occupation-specific language training, and technical upgrading in participants’ area of professional focus. Participants also receive career coaching and opportunities to connect with employers through mentoring, networking and internships. Participants who complete the program can earn a certificate from York University.

Website: www.yorku.ca/makemore
Telephone: 416-736-5620
Email: makemore@yorku.ca
Location: Toronto

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Supply Chain / Logistics

Supply Chain Awareness Program for Employment

Community MicroSkills Development Centre

This program provides internationally trained individuals who have backgrounds in engineering, information technology, business, or sales, with sector-specific training to prepare them for employment in the Ontario supply chain sector. Participants will also have access to workplace experience and mentoring opportunities.

Website: www.microskills.ca/supply-chain/
Email: admin@microskills.ca
Telephone: 416-247-7181 ext. 2226
Etobicoke: 416-247-7181 ext. 2275
North York: 416-247-7181 ext. 2345
Brampton: 416-247-7181 ext. 2805
Location: Toronto

Supply Chain Connections

ACCES Employment Services

This is a five-week program for internationally trained professionals with a supply chain and logistics background. It helps participants to find employment in the Canadian supply chain and logistics sector through providing opportunities to network with employers, learn sector-specific job-search strategies (including resume and interview techniques), and improve their Canadian business cultural communication skills. Program participants are also provided opportunities to leverage the training offered by Sheridan towards their CITP (Certified International Trade Professional) designation.

Website: www.accesemployment.ca/index.php/job-seekers-toronto-gta/services
Email: www.accesemployment.ca/index.php/acces-employment-staff-directory/brampton/49-brampton/14-hyacinth-campbell
Telephone: 905-361-2522
Location: Province-wide

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