Ontario, federal government spend $57 million on immigrant training programs

Bridge training programs provide occupation-specific training and Canadian work experience to help immigrants become licensed in their fields.

Canadian Press (published on GlobalToronto.com)

Toronto — Ontario is spending $35 million to give skilled immigrants a leg up to get the training they need to find work in their fields.

The federal government is also kicking in $22 million to fund 70 existing and new projects that they say will help more than 11,000 immigrants.

The so-called “bridge training” programs provide occupation-specific training, Canadian work experience and help to get the license immigrants need to work in their field.

The projects provide help for information technology, law, health care, engineering and business administration.

The programs are being offered in the Toronto area, York Region, Hamilton, Kitchener Waterloo, London, Niagara, Thunder Bay, North Bay, Kingston and Ottawa.

Both levels of government say helping immigrants integrate quickly into the labour market is important for economic growth.

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