Newcomer Job Seekers
Employment-related services and support are available for newcomers looking to find work.
Explore the section Jobs at the City to learn of current opportunities to work for the City of Toronto.
Are you an internationally trained professional living in Toronto who needs help finding work in your specialized field or occupation? The City of Toronto, along with other corporate partners, collaborates with The Mentoring Partnership and a consortium of community agencies to match professionals with skilled immigrants to mentor them for a period of four to six months. Mentors provide job search advice and support to help ease newcomers’ transition into the Canadian job market.
If you are interested in being mentored, please contact The Mentoring Partnership to become a mentee.
Benefits of Becoming a Mentee:
- Gain a better understanding of the Canadian workplace and industry trends
- Develop more effective job search strategies
- Build a local professional network
- Identify ways to leverage experience and skills
Eligibility to Become an Mentee
- Be eligible to work in Canada
- Have lived in Canada for less than three years and have limited or no Canadian work experience in their profession OR have re-engaged with their profession through academic training or bridging within the past 2 years
- Have the English skills required to perform effectively in the workplace
- Have at least three years of international work experience in their area of expertise
- Have achieved at least a bachelor’s degree – or equivalent post-secondary education – from outside of Canada
- Be currently unemployed or underemployed i.e. not working in their field of expertise
- be actively seeking work in their field
Assessment services help people who have been educated outside of Canada. The assessment of international education is called ‘credential assessment’. A credential assessment shows how your education compares with Canadian educational standards.
Credential assessments are important for people who are applying for school programs or looking for jobs that require post-secondary education. The Ontario government funds World Education Services (WES) to provide these services.
Some professions and trades in Ontario require a specialized assessment process. For information, visit: Ontario Immigration. The site features information on regulatory bodies and getting licensed.
While receiving Ontario Works, you may be able to receive help paying the application costs for a credential assessment. For more information talk to your caseworker or go to an Employment and Social Services Employment Centre.