The Ontario government has announced new funding that will provide a big boost to immigrant job-seekers.

They will be investing an additional $45.6 million over three years into the Ontario Bridge Training Program, serving up to 14,000 more immigrants.

The Budget Plan states that “the expansion of the program will increase access to bridging programs in more communities to meet diverse needs and address gaps for in-demand occupations, significantly expanding mentoring programs in underserviced communities and increasing access to loans to make the program more accessible and effective.”

Earlier this year, TRIEC submitted a request to the Ontario government to increase funding to TRIEC Mentoring Partnership and our partners across Ontario.  We’re delighted to hear today’s news.

The government will be providing more details about their investment in the coming months. TRIEC and its partners are looking forward to working with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration as more details unfold.

Immigrant professionals bring huge potential to this region’s labour market. With this investment, more newcomers will be able to access mentoring than ever before. The immigrants we serve through mentoring will be able to get jobs in their field much faster, helping to build a stronger economy and more prosperous region for everyone.

Read about the investment on the Ontario budget site