Employment in Ontario

Government Services

Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO)¬†– Government of Canada’s website helping foreign-trained workers succeed in Canada. It provides valuable information for newcomers, persons planning to immigrate to and work in Canada, employers and various FCRO partners such as regulatory bodies and immigrant serving organizations.

Working in Canada¬†– Government of Canada’s site providing employment information for newcomers to Canada. Find out about jobs, wages, qualifications, and what you need to to before and after arriving in Canada.¬†

Employment for Newcomers to Canada РLists benefits, programs, and services available to newcomers seeking employment. 

Service Canada: Social Insurance Number¬†– how to obtain a Social Insurance Number–you must have a SIN to work legally in Canada.

Canadian Labour Market Information РGeneral and detailed information on local labour markets across Canada, including monthly bulletins for each province. 

National Occupational Classification & Career Handbook¬†– Since its introduction in 1992, the National Occupational Classification system continues to be the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada. The NOC is used daily by thousands of people to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labor market.¬†

HealthForceOntario РProvides information and advice for health professionals looking to relocate and practise in Ontario. It also lists thousands of jobs across Canada for doctors and nurses.

Vocational Services 

JVS Toronto ‚ÄďNewcomer Employment Services¬†– Services offered by JVS for immigrants seeking employment including: specialized professional language classes (ELT) Bridge to Work programs, Job Search Workshops, and Mentoring Services.

Employment Ontario (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) РCareer, language, and training help, including apprenticeships for internationally trained tradespeople. 

Canada Wise РCanada Wise provides settlement and information services for newcomers to Canada, including individual relocation, corporate relocation, and intercultural training.

Costi‚ÄĒEmployment Programs for Newcomers and Internationally Trained Individuals Toronto – Services offered by Costi for immigrants seeking employment including Job Search Workshops, Mentoring Services, ELT.

ACCES Employment РServices for Immigrants Toronto РServices offered by ACCES for immigrants seeking employment including Job Search Workshops, Mentoring Services, Workplace Communication Skills, and Bridge to Work programs. 

Humber College‚ÄĒNew to Canada Toronto – Services offered by the college to meet the needs of skilled immigrants seeking work in their professions.

JobStart РServices offered by JobStart for skilled immigrants seeking employment including Job Search Workshops and Mentorship Services

Microskills‚ÄĒNewcomer Services Toronto – Services offered to skilled immigrants seeking employment including Job Search workshops, Mentorship and Bridge to Work.

Seneca College‚ÄĒSpecialized Services for Skilled Immigrants Toronto – Services offered by the college to meet the needs of skilled immigrants seeking work in their professions.

Skills for Change‚ÄĒEmployment Programs Toronto¬†– Services offered to meet the needs of skilled immigrants seeking employment including Job Search Workshops, ELT, and Mentoring services.

LASI World Skills: Ottawa – A not-for-profit organization that offers assistance to more than 2500 immigrants every year through job search workshops, a resource centre, and sector-specific support for internationally trained professionals and trades people. Provides a job matching program for employers and immigrants.

YMCA Immigrant Services: Kitchener Waterloo Region – Employment services and programs for immigrants in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

Cross Cultural Learner Centre London РJob search workshops and employment counselling services for immigrants in London Ontario.

Literacy Link South Central Рa non-profit literacy network and registered charity that has developed a set of workbooks that help people to build employability skills and literacy/Essential skills simultaneously.  These workbooks can be useful in helping people to move more quickly into the labour market.  Copies of the workbook can be accessed at http://www.llsc.on.ca/node/99 

Internationally Educated Professionals

Bridge Training Programs Рbridge training programs for various professions, funded by the Ontario government. 

Global Experience Ontario РGlobal Experience Ontario can help internationally trained and educated individuals find out how to qualify for professional practice in Ontario.

CEHPEA РCentre for the evaluation of health professionals educated abroad.


Service Ontario–Services for Businesses¬†– Detailed information about starting, operating, and closing your own business in Ontario.¬†

Canada Business–Services for Entrepreneurs¬†– Provides information and support to develop your ideas and business plan, registering your business name, buying and financing a business, and various checklists and guides.

Strategic Canada’s Business and Consumer Site¬†– Timely business and consumer information: start a business and explore new markets, research trade and investment data by product or industry, keep up with technological innovation, access a library of consumer information.¬†



Red Seal Trades – List of trades that fall under the Red Seal Program-a program maintaining the standard of excellence for skilled trades across the country.

Employment Ontario – Trades – Provides support services to help immigrants work in the trades in Ontario.


Job Search Websites

Job Bank РJob Search, Job Match, Job Alert, Résumé Builder and Career Navigator tools are available, as well as a Training and Careers section that will help you identify career options. Also discover the latest trends, employment prospects and salary ranges of skilled trades and occupations. (A Government of Canada Site). 

Public Service Commission of Canada РThe Public Service of Canada offers a wide variety of employment opportunities in many fields and areas of specialization. 

Ontario Public Service Careers РSearch for careers in the provincial public service.

Workopolis РA source for finding employment and contract work in Canada. Search millions of jobs in all industries. 

Possibilities Project РThe Possibilities Virtual Employment Resource Centre is a project of Community Information Toronto, with the support of Human Resources Development Canada. Possibilities is a free resource for all Toronto job seekers.

Job Canada РThe first weekly GTA Employment and Training website with a newspaper layout.

Charity Village РA leading online source of finding employment and volunteer opportunities in the nonprofit sector.

WowJobs – A source for finding over 100,000 jobs across Canada including advertised, classified and company sites.


Professional Associations

Canadian Professional Organizations of Canada– Comprehensive list of professional associations in Canada.