Looking for Work In Canada
Do you want to learn more about how to find work in your occupation, or what direction is best related to your occupation?
Do you want support with the next steps in job search and to build your professional network in Canada?
Newcomers bring a wide variety of employment skills and experience to their search for employment in Canada; however many newcomers are unfamiliar with Canadian job search practices. The Welcome Centres offer a wide range of supports to assist in developing the skills needed to find work including resume and cover letter preparation, use of research tools (Internet), interview readiness and explanation of – or in some cases experience with – workplace practices, and information about Canadian employers and the labour market. Employment supports are delivered through one-to-one assistance or in a group setting in Job Search Workshops – whichever works best to meet the individual needs and employment goals for the client.
- Employment Settlement Services – York Region
Employment Settlement Specialists are available to provide one-to-one assistance including career exploration, Return to Work Action Plans and job search coaching, as well as referrals to other services if required, giving structure and momentum to the job search process. For more information about Employment Settlement Services at the Welcome Centres in York Region, call 1-877-761-1155 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Employment Settlement Specialists at the York Region Welcome Centres are funded by the United Way of York Region.
- Resource Area
A Resource Area at each Centre offers staff-supported access to computers with Internet, wifi, fax machine, photocopiers, scanners, telephones and webcams/headphones. A Job Board houses both employment opportunities and labour market information for clients to review.
In the Resource Area, clients will also find information specific to the cultures and activities in the community. This space often becomes a gathering place for clients to talk, network and share.
- Job Search Workshops Program
This pre-employment program is designed to help you with the essentials of job searching.
- Workshops conducted in a computerized environment
- 1-on-1 employment assessment and job search coaching
- Support with employment goal setting and action plans
- A welcoming environment in which to learn about job search strategies and Canadian business perspectives
- Accreditation & Qualifications Assistance - York Region
Employment is a priority for most Newcomers and credential recognition can be a primary concern. Accreditation is needed when employers look for education as a requirement for employment or when a profession is regulated in Canada.
At the Welcome Centres in York Region, Newcomers can participate in individual interviews with a facilitator to conduct research for their accreditation goals. An action plan is presented to the client in a confidential one-to-one session accompanied by a customized Pathways to Certification report that includes steps for Certification for Comparative Evaluation; Certification and Licensing; Training; Trades; Translations and Portfolio Development.
If the individual does not require accreditation for employment, they will then be guided through Pathways to Alternative Related Occupations. They are given an introduction to related career options that do not require certification or licensing.
The final option available to foreign trained professionals through the Welcome Centres is Pathway to Skills Upgrading. In this path, clients develop their Accreditation Portfolio by way of individual instruction or group workshops.
An Accreditation Facilitator can help you answer the questions:
- Am I qualified to work in my profession in Canada?
- What type of training/education do I need to enter my profession?
- How can I get my academic credentials recognized?
- What are other alternative job options in my field?
- Can I fast track my goals?
- What other services can you refer me to that can help with my employment/education or training goals?
- Accreditation Information - Durham Region