About the program

Eligible immigrants can use bridge training programs to continue working in their career after immigrating to Ontario. These programs are designed to "bridge" your international training, education and experience, with what you need to continue working in your field in Ontario.

Bridge training programs are available for eligible immigrants with international training, education and experience in:

  • a regulated occupation (for example, nursing, engineering, etc.)
  • a highly-skilled, non-regulated occupation that is currently in demand (for example, information technology, financial services, etc.)

Bridge training programs help you get fast access to training and supports towards a license or certificate, and assist in finding 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 include:

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

Schedule options include:

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

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
  • a resident of Ontario
  • have international post-secondary education
  • have international work experience in your occupation
  • have English 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
  • 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:

How to register

To start your application for the Ontario Bridge Training Program:

  • Review the following approved training programs to find one that meets your needs.
  • Read about the program on the organization’s website or contact the organization to learn more.
  • Contact the organization to register.

List of approved bridge training programs

These programs have been approved to deliver bridge training for the 2021–2023 funding cycle.

Program name and websiteOrganization
Accelerated Building Environmental Systems Program (BES™)Seneca College - Newnham Campus 
Alternative Careers in Healthcare, Promotion, Education and Public Health for IMGs (ACiHPEThe Learning Enrichment Foundation 
Bridge to Cloud Computing and Big-Data (CCBDYMCA of Greater Toronto
Bridging for Immigrant Women Reskilling into IT Coding Professions  Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto 
Bridging to Employment for Media and Communications Professionals Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto 
Bridging to Registration and Employment for Internationally Trained Mental Health Professionals Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto 
Building Code Skills Development for Internationally Trained Individuals George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology (GBC
Business Edge Career Shift University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management 
Business Edge Change Management University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management 
Business Edge Finance University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management 
Canadian Careers in Purchasing, Logistics and Operations Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES Employment)
Career Transitions for International Health Professionals  The Catholic Centre for Immigrants Ottawa-Centre Catholique pour Immigrants Ottawa 
Cloud Computing  Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)
Community Healthcare Connections  Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)
Competency-Bridging Program of Study Trent University 
Digital Economy Connections  Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)
Digital Marketing Strategies for Canadian Businesses  Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)
Electrical Engineering Connections (EEC Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)
ExpressWay - Cybersecurity Bridging program COSTI Immigrant Services 
Financial Connections in a Digital World  Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES
Financial Services Connections en Francais  Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)
Foundations in HVACThe Career Foundation 
Foundations in ITThe Career Foundation 
Foundations in Network Cabling The Career Foundation 
Full Stack .NET Cloud Developer Humber College 
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) ' Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) Integration Program Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation 
HR Strategies for the Canadian Workplace  Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)
Immigrant Professionals Leveraging Architectural Knowledge for New Opportunities (IPLAN) EmploymentJewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto 
Immigrant Professionals Leveraging Architectural Knowledge for New Opportunities (IPLAN) Practice Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto 
Immigrants Serving Immigrants: Bridging to Employment in Services for Immigrant Populations Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto 
Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure Humber College 
International Skills Applied for Geriatrics (ISAGE) Response Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto 
Internationally Educated Social Work Professionals (IESW) Bridging Program Ryerson University 
Microsoft skills for employability  Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)
Professional Access into EmploymentToronto and Region Conservation Authority/ Office De Protection De La Nature De Toronto
Professional Certificate Bridging Programs for Internationally Educated ProfessionalsYork University
Professional Excellence in Financial Services (EFS)Seneca College - Newnham Campus
Programme d'accès aux métiers de la construction pour immigrants (PAMCI) La Cité collégiale
Programme Relais Connexion en Administration (PRCA)La Cité collégiale
Project Management for Engineers  Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)
Recruitment for Equity, Accessibility and Diversity (READY)Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto
Strategic Leadership in Finance, IT and Consultancy  Accessible Community Counselling and Employment Services (ACCES)
Supply Chain Awareness Program and Employment Program (SCAPEHumber College 
Supplying Southwestern Ontario: Strengthening Supply Chains across Small, Rural and Mid-Sized Communities WIL Counselling and Training for Employment 
The CARE Centre Project CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
TRIEC Mentorship Project (TMP)  Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)