Depending on your trade or area of expertise, a licence or Ontario certification may be required to work in that type of job. Some professions are regulated and, for some trades, certification is necessary.
It is important to thoroughly research your profession in advance to find out if you qualify to work in Ontario. Regulatory bodies often have different requirements from province to province and within Ontario.
If you do not meet the education or licensing requirements, there are programs and services available to help you. One example is a Bridging Program, which helps newcomers to assess existing skills and qualifications. Bridging programs also provide training and Canadian workplace experience though mentoring opportunities.
Note: The Federal Skilled Workers Program immigration category will be introducing a requirement for a mandatory Educational Credential Assessment in early 2013. This would require potential immigrants to have their education abroad assessed against Canadian education standards by designated organizations as part of their immigration application.
For More Information
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) fact sheet for individuals coming to Canada who need to know the value of their previous education, training and work experience. Difference between a regulated and non-regulated occupation is explained.
A guide to the services provided by the Foreign Credentials Referral Office, including online and telephone referrals and overseas support, a workbook for newcomers, factsheets and Working in Canada Tool.
A non-profit organization that provides information about foreign academic credentials, institutions and trends. This organization is designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) reports for applicants to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) immigration stream.
A guide to organizations that assess academic credentials to ensure they meet Ontario standards.
Descriptions and information on regulated professions, certifications, how to register and work in regulated professions, and contact information for regulatory bodies.
Ontario government website with information on how to work in your profession. Includes information on Bridging programs, educational requirements, certification and accreditation. Includes a link to a PDF document in 15 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Filipino (Tagalog), Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.
A recruitment website for health workers, with health sector-related information.
A type of training program designed to help newcomers get a licence or certificate in their profession or trade so they can work in Ontario. These programs provide internationally educated professionals with: an assessment of their education and skills against Ontario employer expectations; Canadian clinical/workplace experience; skills/academic training; preparation for licencing and/or certification; profession-specific language training; and individual learning plans. Mentoring opportunities may also be offered. Note that bursaries and tuition assistance may be available for bridge training.
Videos showing the success stories of immigrants in a variety of occupations helped by Ontario’s bridging programs. Includes an optometrist, a social worker, a nurse, and a teacher.
Online tools and resources explaining essential skills and work habits, occupations and tasks for the Canadian workplace. Essential skills are used in almost all occupations and are part of job descriptions — they are transferable between school, work, and sectors.