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New Ontario program to help foreign engineers get jobs

Toronto, ON -- Dec. 16, 2002 - Internationally-trained engineers and other professionals in high demand will have...


December 16, 2002
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — Dec. 16, 2002 – Internationally-trained engineers and other professionals in high demand will have better access to Ontario’s job market due to new provincial partnerships, minister of training, colleges and universities Dianne Cunningham has announced.

Three new programs will build on existing services, including bridge-training programs, to help immigrants with professional or skilled trades training pursue their careers in the province, Cunningham said.

A partnership between the provincial government and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers will create a 58-week training program called “Pathways – employment experience program for internationally-trained engineers.” Once implemented, it will help about 150 internationally-trained engineers a year apply previous learning, training and experience to meet Ontario standards.

Through a partnership with the provincial government, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) will write and distribute a guidebook and materials for employers that will provide a sound business case for hiring internationally-trained employees. The guidebook will provide practical tips to help employers recognize and integrate the unique skills of employees with training, education and experience learned elsewhere.


A partnership between the provincial government and the Ontario Regulatory Bodies Steering Committee on Access Issues for Immigrants will result in a guidebook and tools to provide a road map for provincial regulatory bodies to develop and enhance access initiatives for people with international training.

The new partnerships are part of the provincial government’s $15-million investment in bridge training projects to provide internationally-trained Ontarians with the skills and knowledge they need to practice their occupation, profession or skilled trade in the province, without duplicating what they have already learned elsewhere.

“Bridge-training programs are vital to help immigrants more quickly contribute their skills and education to our economy, and to build careers that will benefit their families and communities,” said Peggy Edwards, executive director, Skills for Change. “More than half of all immigrants to Canada choose to come to Ontario. Many of them are highly educated and trained. We encourage the creation of more bridge-training programs on a long-term basis.”

“Professional Engineers Ontario fully endorses ‘Pathways – employment experience program for internationally-trained engineers’ that will provide engineers who have trained elsewhere with the opportunity to meet our standards,” said Dr. Norman Williams, P.Eng., deputy registrar-admissions for the PEO.

In addition to these partnerships, the Ontario government recently released five fact sheets to help internationally-trained tradespeople pursue their careers in Ontario. In total, a dozen fact sheets on professional and regulated occupations are already available at as well as from regulatory bodies, international Visa offices and consular offices.

By accessing fact sheets, potential immigrants can read up-to-date, detailed information about registration to specific professions and occupations before they leave their home country.