Canada helps highly skilled newcomers put their skills to work in Canada
Scarborough, Ontario-When internationally trained newcomers can get Canadian work experience in their field, they are better positioned to be able to find good jobs, join the middle class, and contribute to our growing economy.
That’s why, today, Salma Zahid, Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a new pilot project that will develop mentorship initiatives to help highly skilled newcomers successfully find jobs that match their skills and training.
The Government of Canada is investing close to $490,000 over the next two years in the Canadian Work Experience Initiative Evaluation: Mentoring project. With this investment, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council will create mentorships for newcomers. In studying the effectiveness of these mentorships, the Council will identify barriers that prevent highly skilled newcomers from obtaining Canadian work experience, conduct a comparative analysis, and establish a model to scale mentoring on a national level.
By funding this project, the Government is helping to break down barriers to employment for highly skilled newcomers and supporting them as they put their skills to work in communities across Canada.