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Ontario Helping Newcomers Start Their Careers

Ontario is facing a labour shortage with over 300,000 jobs going unfilled. These jobs are paycheques being left uncollected and cost our province billions in lost productivity. At the same time, only one-quarter of internationally trained immigrants in Ontario are employed in the regulated professions for which they trained or studied partly due to bureaucracy and red tape.

This is why the government intends to introduce legislation that, if passed, would remove barriers internationally-trained immigrants face. This proposed legislation would eliminate unfair requirements for Canadian work experience, reduce repetitive and costly language testing and ensure reasonable processing times for licensing applications.

At present, licensing time in some regulated professions takes up to 18 months or more, while workers wait in limbo, eager to start careers they are trained and qualified to do. If these proposed changes are passed, Ontario would become the first province in Canada to help level the playing field in certain regulated professions so that workers coming here have the opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their loved ones, and build stronger communities for us all.

Helping internationally-trained immigrants start careers in their field. @ONgov is investing $67 million that help immigrants get licenced and employed in their field in Ontario. Ontario Bridge Training Projects offer targeted training to help skilled immigrants to get licensed in their field so they can contribute even more to our economy. Learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001014/ontario-helping-newcomers-start-their-careers