Bridge Training Programs

Current Research Projects

Bilingual Proficiency Framework - (BPF)

Cadres de référence de la compétence bilingue (CRCB)

La Cité Collégiale

This project will develop a Frame of Reference enabling internationally trained individuals (ITIs), as well as any person whose first language is neither French nor English, to match their bilingual skills to a specific job posting in the health, tourism, and administration sectors.

The Frame of Reference of Bilingual Competency will also provide employers with information for their selection and promotion process. This tool will be made available on-line in both official languages.

Website: http://www.lacitedesaffaires.com/crcb
Email: jderome@lacitec.on.ca
Telephone: 613-742-2493 ext 2979
Location: Ottawa

Competence Assessment Schema for Internationally Educated Dietitians

College of Dietitians of Ontario

This project will enhance the College of Dietitians of Ontario’s (CDO) assessment process. It will help internationally educated dietitians (IEDs) make better decisions while they are considering immigrating to Ontario, and/or if they are planning on coming to Ontario in the future.

Website: www.collegeofdietitians.org/
Email: information@collegeofdietitians.org
Telephone: 416-598-1725
Toll free: 1-800-668-4990
Location: Province-wide

Cultural Competency Training

Human Resource Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO)

This project will develop a cultural competency certificate for delivery at Ontario companies and as a public certificate which will qualify holders for recertification credits for the Certified Human Resources Professionals (CHRP) designation.

The certificate will help Human Resources (HR) professionals to gain organizational competence and confidence to recruit, hire, retain and promote qualified internationally educated HR professionals in Ontario companies.

Website: www.hrpa.ca/ProfessionalDevelopment/Pages/Cultural-Competency-Training-Program.aspx
Email: hOrr-Francis@hrpa.ca
Telephone: 416-923-2324 ext 355
Location: Toronto

Enhancing Internationally Educated Nurses' Language Competencies: Fair and Effective Systems Change

York University

This project will ensure that the improved tools, policies and processes used to assess, teach, and support English language skills development internationally educated nurses become embedded into York University’s core business. Though this project focuses on internationally educated nurses, the ultimate goal is to expand to internationally educated professionals in other professions.

Website: www.yorku.ca/health/nurs/programs_inter_educated.html
Email: bradleyp@yorku.ca
Telephone: 416-736 2100 ext. 20037
Location: Toronto

Exam Preparation for Medical Laboratory Technologiest

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSLMS)

This project will develop and pilot online exam preparation resources in order to address the discrepancy between the licensing examination pass rates of Canadian-educated internationally trained Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) and internationally trained MLTs.

The online learning resource will consist of multimedia components that cover the nature and structure of the multiple-choice competency-based certification exam, how to prepare for such an exam, how the exam is evaluated and scored, what scores are required for licensure, et cetera. In addition, the resource will direct internationally trained MLTs to supplementary resources to assist in preparing for the exam.

Website: www.csmls.org/
Email: info@csmls.org 
Telephone: 905-528-8642
Location: Hamilton

IEN Success: Leveraging Collaborative Partnerships

George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology

This project is a joint undertaking among six Ontario-based post-secondary institutions, including Algonquin College, Centennial College, Fanshawe College, George Brown College, Mohawk College, and York University.

This project will work to enhance the learning experience of Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN)s across Ontario Bridge Training Projects in order to improve their success.

Website: http://coned.georgebrown.ca/owa_prod/cewskcrss.P_Certificate?area_code=PA0042&stream_code=PS0472&cert_code=CE0133 
Email: jjack@georgebrown.ca
Telephone: 416-415-5000 ext. 2073
Location: Greater Toronto Area

Improving Recruitment, Hiring, Workplace Integration, and Retention of Internationally Trained Engineers (ITEs) in Engineering Companies

Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

This project will develop new resources for engineering employers in order to help facilitate the integration and retention of internationally trained engineers into Ontario workplaces.

The project will create an online engineering sector hub of information and services, which will be useful for human resources and management staff in engineering companies. The ultimate goal is to improve the sector-wide recruitment and hiring practices, workplace integration and employment retention of internationally trained engineers.

Website: www.ospe.on.ca
Email: jmoudakis@ospe.on.ca
Telephone: 416-223-9961 ext 236
Location: Toronto

Partnering with Employers: Increasing IEN Employment in Healthcare Organizations

McMaster University

The project will work to engage healthcare employers to hire Internationally Educated Nurses and integrate them successfully by providing effective orientation and on-boarding training.

Website: http://nhsru.com/research-projects/partnering-with-employers-increasing-ien-employment-in-healthcare-organizations/
Email: noonant@mcmaster.ca
Telephone: 905-525-9140 ext. 22698
Location: Hamilton and Area

Perceptions of Employment Barriers and Solutions

The Maytree Foundation

This research project aims to increase our understanding of how skilled immigrants and employers perceive barriers to employment.

Findings from this research will help to identify effective practices and resources that support employers in hiring skilled immigrants, and to determine whether existing resources to address the identified barriers to commensurate employment need to be enhanced or expanded.

Website: http://maytree.com/
Email: info@maytree.com
Telephone: 416-944-2627
Location: Greater Toronto Area

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process review project

The College of Opticians of Ontario

This project will allow the College of Opticians of Ontario to improve upon existing prior learning processes and assessment tools.

This project will align the prior learning assessment criteria with the National Competencies for Canadian Opticians, and enhance the consistency, fairness, transparency, impartiality and objectivity of the PLAR process across jurisdictions.

Website: www.coptont.org/HOME/index.php
Email: mcaione@coptont.org
Telephone: 416-368-3616
Location: Greater Toronto Area

Showcase and Repository of Regulatory Practices to Facilitate Integration of Internationally Educated Individuals

Ontario Regulators for Access (ORAC)

This project will develop a Repository of Regulatory Practices, a collection of best practices for Ontario occupational regulatory bodies in regards to serving internationally trained individuals applying for licensure or certification.

Website: www.regulatorsforaccess.ca
Email: zubin.austin@utoronto.ca
Telephone: 416-978-0186
Location: Toronto