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Connector: New program helps skilled immigrants make vital connections


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Another great article today from the brilliant Prepare For Canada website. This one explains the new Connector program in the Greater Toronto Area.


Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) announced the pilot of Connector in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

“This innovative program puts professionals (Participants) who have immigrated to Canada in touch with well-connected leaders (Connectors) who want to expand their networks with new talent. The pilot is funded by the Metcalf Foundation.

“Originally founded in Halifax in 2009, Connector is an award-winning networking initiative taking place in communities across Canada, offering skilled immigrants the chance to expand their professional network. Once that first connection has been made, the Connector goes on to introduce the Participant to three of their contacts. The Participant meets these contacts, who each then introduce him or her to three more.

“‘Many skilled immigrants in the GTA are still not getting work commensurate with their education and experience,’ said Margaret Eaton, Executive Director, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

“‘Through Connector, we want to support more internationally educated professionals to make those contacts that are essential to progressing in their careers. Expanding their networks should better situate them in the job market. We’re very excited to be piloting this program in the GTA.'”

Full story here.


Two good news stories about immigrants to Canada

During my 11 o’clock tea and choccy biccy break this morning I spotted two very interesting articles about skilled immigrants as it relates to Toronto and Ontario, courtesy of the brilliant Yonge Street website/e-newsletter.

Here they are:

TRIEC celebrates skilled immigrant mentors

Immigration isn’t just a matter of navigating clearly defined legal and employment constraints: getting your paperwork in order, re-credentialling, and so on. There is also a host of soft skills — cultural conventions and communication best practices, social insight and networking capacity — that anyone needs to successfully make a transition to a new country.

Helping skilled immigrants do just that: the mentors of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), who assisted 1,000 immigrants this past year via a program called The Mentoring Partnership. Mentors offer sector-specific advice (mentees and mentors are matched by occupation), but also help with the ephemeral, essential task of getting settled in a new work environment.

Full story.

Provincial and federal governments expanding opportunities for skilled immigrants

The Ontario Bridge Training Program assists skilled immigrants by providing support while they get their credentials, licenses, and professional certifications settled in their new home, and helping them find jobs in their fields once they have.

Recently, the provincial and federal governments announced that they will be “expanding and enhancing” the program over the next three years.

Details are right now scarce — representatives for Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration could not spell out any of the particulars — but we’re told that more announcements are coming soon. What we do know is that the province is putting $63.6 million into the program over three years, and the federal government is kicking in another $16.6 million; of that pot $15 million of provincial money is “additional support.”

Full story.

Cool job alert: Director, Employment Engagement at The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)

A resume may be more useful, but like your spunk

A resume may be more useful, but we like your spunk

One of the aims of this website is to try and help Brits find work in Toronto. That may sound easy, but it’s not. There’s loads of competition and, well, you may need the infamous Canadian experience too.

As an immigrant myself I have been through that journey, am doing OK for myself, and want to help others. No catch, honestly.

So, when my army of contacts across the city — OK, Fred from the pub — gets on the old dog and bone, bends my ear for a chinwag and lets me know about cool RELEVANT jobs, I will highlight them. Brits in Toronto is not Workopolis or Jobs in Toronto, and doesn’t want to be.

Here we go …

Director, Employment Engagement at The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)

From their website: TRIEC is a multi-stakeholder council that brings leadership together to create and champion solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants in the Toronto Region labour market. Founded by Maytree and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance in 2003, TRIEC is taking action on the underutilization of skilled immigrants’ education, talent and experience.

Here is the job itself. Sounds very cool; you will be helping immigrants find work opportunities. They may even hire a Brit!

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 14 at 5:00 p.m. — so get a bloody wriggle on!