About the program

Bridge training programs are for eligible immigrants who have international training and experience. These programs and are designed to "bridge" your international training, education and experience with what you need to work in Ontario. They help you get fast access to training and supports a license or certificate and find employment in your profession or trade

Through bridge training programs, you can get:

  • an assessment of your skills and prior learning
  • technical and essential skills training specific to your occupation
  • license or certification exam preparation
  • workplace culture and communication training
  • clinical or job placements to help you get Canadian workplace experience
  • mentoring or networking with employers
  • employment supports, like resume preparation, labour market orientation, mock interviews, job search supports, etc.
  • post-employment job retention supports, including career planning and management.

Service providers and learning and schedule options

Service providers include :

  • universities and publicly-funded colleges
  • occupational regulatory bodies
  • community agencies
  • employer organizations
  • for-profit organizations

Learning options

  • in class
  • online
  • combination of in class and online

Schedule options

  • part-time or full-time
  • daytime and evening
  • Monday to Friday and weekend

Program length

  • The length will vary depending on the service provider delivering the training and your profession or trade.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the bridge training program, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a resident of Ontario
  • have international post-secondary education
  • have international work experience in your occupation
  • have language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 7 or higher

In addition, you must be one of the following:

  • refugee claimant with a valid work permit
  • permanent resident
  • Convention refugee
  • naturalized Canadian citizen

Service providers may have additional eligibility requirements.

This program might be good for you if you:

  • have already had a career in your home country
  • would like to work in the same or similar field in Canada

International students and temporary foreign workers are not eligible.

Program cost

Fees may apply. The amount varies and is established by the service provider.

Additional support

You may benefit from the following

Other resources

Learn about other services available in Ontario to help you continue working in your profession or trade if you’ve been trained in another country.

How to register

To start your application for the Ontario Bridge Training Program, request an appointment with an Employment Ontario service provider

Updated: October 06, 2021
Published: August 29, 2019