The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is helping TRIEC take its Professional Immigrant Networks Initiative (PINs) to the next level. OTF recently awarded TRIEC a two-year, $85,000 grant  to expand the outreach efforts of PINs in order to reach more networks, more employers and more skilled immigrants, including developing a vibrant online community on the PINs website (

“It is important to provide newcomers with the supports they need to succeed in the very competitive Toronto job market,” says Trinity-Spadina MPP Rosario Marchese. “I am glad the Ontario Trillium Foundation has recognized the work TRIEC does to give newly-arrived professionals a better chance to use their skills. I am also very proud of the fact that this work takes place in my riding.”

PINs works with immigrant-led, volunteer-run associations to increase their capacity to connect their members to meaningful employment. Both an online community and a program of strategic initiatives, PINs aims to strengthen networks, link them in a learning community, and build effective connections between networks and key partners – employers, professional associations, service providers, government and others.

With the funding from OTF, PINs will be able to increase its outreach activities to reach more networks and build their capacity – thereby increasing the impact for skilled immigrants. Overall, the OTF funding will help PINs empower immigrants to help themselves within and across diverse communities. As stronger, better informed and connected organizations, leaders can effectively build their networks and provide services so that their members are more likely to gain meaningful employment.

A leading grant maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.  For more information, please visit: