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Newcomers to Ontario

People immigrating to Ontario are a major source of new skills and talent in the labour market. Workers coming into the province from other nations will become even more important in the years ahead. As an inclusive employer, the Ontario Public Service is committed to capitalizing on the skills and talents that newcomers bring with them to this province and eliminating barriers to employment that include how we attract and hire new talent. We promote a healthy, supportive, respectful and safe work environment for our diverse workforce to develop to its full potential.

Great Careers

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is one of the largest employers in the province, employing more than 60,000 people. We have a wide range of meaningful and rewarding career opportunities in communities across Ontario. We welcome new ideas and new people, encourage learning and development, and reward achievement. We offer challenging work and competitive pay and benefits.

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Helping you get the education and training you need to build a rewarding career.

What we do

  • Develop policy directions for universities and colleges of applied arts and technology
  • Plan and administer policies related to basic and applied research in this sector
  • Authorize universities to grant degrees
  • Distribute provincial funds to colleges and universities
  • Provide financial assistance to postsecondary school students
  • Register private career colleges

Start an apprenticeship

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Second Career:-

Get skills training and financial support when you qualify for Second Career.
The Ontario government is helping laid-off workers get back to work.
You may qualify for up to $28 000, or more in some cases, to pay for tuition and expenses.

Experience the people difference:-

From residential to highly protected property, worker safety to risk consulting, our people have the breadth and depth of knowledge to deliver the services you need. We believe our customers deserve peace of mind. We seek to understand the nuances of our customers’ business through long lasting partnerships and exceptional customer service. Our people meld this knowledge and their expertise to deliver customized services, liberating our customers to focus on other business opportunities.

Why the ITI Internship Program for Internationally Trained Individuals

The OPS Internship Program for Internationally Trained Individuals is an innovative internship program designed specifically for professional newcomers to Canada, so that they can earn valuable Canadian work experience in their professional fields within the Ontario Public Service (OPS). By participating in this program you can:

Get important information about working in Canada:-

There are many resources you can use to get information and support when searching for a job in Canada:

• Contact an immigrant-serving organization as soon as you arrive. These organizations often offer job search training sessions, résumé writing workshops and other services to help you find work.

• Job Bank is the Government of Canada’s leading source for jobs and labour market information. The website offers free occupational and career information (about jobs, educational requirements, main duties, wages, employment trends and much more) for occupations available in Canada.

• Service Canada has important information about searching and applying for jobs.
• Your province’s or territory’s website for newcomers is another good source of employment information.

Ontario Public Service:-

The organizational structure of the Ontario Public Service changes from time to time, depending on government priorities and current issues. Currently, there are over 25 ministries in the OPS, plus Cabinet Office, which supports the work of Cabinet and the Premier. There are three ministries that, like Cabinet Office, have government-wide or enterprise-wide responsibilities. They are the Ministry of Government Services, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Renewal.

Employment Insurance benefits:-

Includes information about Employment Insurance (EI) temporary benefits for workers, sickness, fishing and family-related benefits as well as how to apply online and submit a report.

Look for jobs in Canada:-

Getting Canadian work experience can be challenging. It may take time to find a job. But the more you know about job search skills, how to get a job, Canadian workplace culture and what Canadian employers want, the easier it will be.
To work in Canada, you will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN). You should apply for a SIN as soon as you come to Canada.

Employment programs for people under 30

If you are under the age of 30, we have programs and tools to help you build skills, start a business, or find work.

An Access Centre for the Internationally Trained

Global Experience Ontario (GEO) helps immigrants get their foreign credentials and experience recognized.

GEO offers information to help immigrants become licensed or certified to work in Ontario’s regulated professions and skilled trades.

This centre offers services to:

  • immigrants with international training; and
  • service providers who work with immigrants.

English and French services are available in person, by telephone, online, and through video calls. GEO’s services are also provided to immigrants before they arrive in Ontario.

GEO offers webinars and workshops on licensing in specific professions as well as career maps, fact sheets and other licensing resources.

Map Your Career

The Ontario Government has partnered with a number of regulatory associations to create career maps for internationally trained professionals. Career maps explain in detail every step of the registration process, including language requirements, industry trends, labour market conditions, credential assessment process, licensing fees and other important information.

Regulated Professions

The following professions are regulated in Ontario. To work in a regulated profession, you must be registered by the appropriate regulatory body. You may be able to work in a related field without a licence, but you should first check with the regulatory body to understand what restrictions exist. It is illegal to use the job title restricted to regulated professions without a licence or certificate from the appropriate regulatory body.

Please note that many professions in Ontario are not regulated by law, but do have voluntary professional bodies. Some of these organizations may offer certification courses and registration, which can help you find work.

Paid internships with government

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is in an exciting period of renewal and modernization. We want the best-qualified and most motivated job seekers in the marketplace now and in the years ahead.

OPS Internship for Internationally Trained Engineers


The OPS Internship Program for Internationally Trained Engineers (ITEs) provides paid work placements of 12 to 15 months in duration. The internship experience is designed to give the relevant Canadian work experience required for licensing by Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), the licensing body for engineers in Ontario, so interns can meet licence requirements and join Ontario’s labour market.

The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

Get your credentials assessed

To have your qualifications recognized in order to work in Canada, the first step is to find out which organization is responsible for assessing your qualifications and what documents are required.

As a general rule, if your chosen occupation is:

  • Regulated, recognition of your qualifications will be determined by the appropriate provincial or territorial regulatory authority;
  • Non-regulated, recognition is normally at the discretion of the employer.

Get detailed information on the assessment process to immigrate or work in Canada.

Summer Student Jobs with the Ontario Public Service
Learn. Grow. Contribute!


Every year, the Ontario Public Service, related agencies and community groups, provide 5,000 students with jobs across the province. These jobs help Ontario students with limited work experience develop transferable skills, support their career goals and learn more about the Ontario Public Service! Summer Employment Opportunities are full-time, temporary positions ranging from 7 – 18 weeks between May and September.

Learn English or French

Specialized Language Training in Ontario

The Specialized Language Training Pilot Projects offer immigrants the opportunity to strengthen their language skills so they can get jobs that reflect their qualifications or function more effectively in jobs they currently have. Sixteen school boards across Ontario are offering this job-specific language training in one of two ways:

  • Language Training for the Workplace (LTFW) assists immigrants in finding work in a specific field, by offering sector-specific English as a Second Language (ESL) / French as a Second Language (FSL) training; and
  • Language Training in the Workplace (LTIW) helps immigrants who are already employed to improve their ESL/FSL language skills at work.

Key occupational sectors for this program include:

  • Accounting, Business and Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Health Care and Pharmaceutical
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Food and Beverage

Since the launch of the Specialized Language Training Pilot Project initiative in 2006, 21 school boards across Ontario have received nearly $5.6 million to deliver 50 projects serving over 4,600 learners. The province is investing an additional $4.3 million over three years for 16 school boards to deliver 31 language training projects which will benefit approximately 3,800 learners. Overall, the Ontario government is investing over $64 million per year to provide language training for more than 120,000 learners across Ontario.