Free Workplace Preparation

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Do you have education and work experience from another country but can't find the right job in Canada?

Integrating into the workforce is one of the most important goals when you're new to Canada. However, many internationally trained professionals face multiple challenges during the job search: lack of professional connections, interview questions related to their "Canadian work experience", and limited knowledge of the workplace culture, are some of them.

Workplace Preparation (also known as Enhanced Language Training) is a FREE online program funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada offered to qualified newcomers that are looking for a job. In the program, you will receive all the support you need to overcome those barriers so that you can successfully integrate into the Canadian job market. There is a new intake every six weeks.

Apply today. Start January 10.

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Program highlights

  • Flexible full-time and part-time online format.
  • Expand your understanding of your profession in Canada.
  • Build a professional network within your field of interest and gain access to the hidden job market.
  • Develop strong job search and interview techniques, and effective cover letters and resumes to highlight your skills.
  • Earn up to five micro-credentials that will expand your employment opportunities.
  • Connect with a mentor to help you progress your career in Canada. (Newcomer Mentorship Program)
  • Receive one-on-one support from an experienced team of professionals

Who is eligible?

  • Permanent residents of Canada or protected persons (with Notice of Decision) living in Ontario.
  • With international education and relevant work experience from another country.
  • With current proof of their Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) assessment at level 7 or higher
    • Don't have proof of CLB assessment? Contact YMCA Immigrant Services to book an appointment to take the assessment. YMCA's phone number is (905) 662-9400 or (905) 526-8452
    • The test has no cost for permanent residents and protected persons.

Program schedule and delivery format

Flexible modular format with two intakes per semester:

  • Winter semester:
    • Intake 1: January 10 to February 17
    • Intake 2: February 28 to April 7
  • Spring semester:
    • Intake 1: April 18 to May 30
    • Intake 2: June 6 to July 14

Choose from the following the modules you want to take:


Intake 1
Module Description Interactive Zoom session
Labour Market Expand your understanding of your profession and stay current in your field in Canada with a research project. Mondays, from 10 to 11:15 am
Job Search Techniques Identify job opportunities, access the hidden job market, and make your job application stand out. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 to 11:15 am
Workplace Communication Enhance your teamwork and problem-solving skills. Wednesdays, from 10 to 11:15 am
Intake 2
Module Description Interactive Zoom session
Labour Market (for new students) Expand your understanding of your profession and stay current in your field in Canada with a research project. Mondays, from 10 to 11:15 am
Resumes, Cover Letters, and Interview Techniques Learn the essentials of portfolios, resumes and cover letters, and develop your job interview skills. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 to 11:15 am
Workplace Communication Strengthen your workplace communication skills. Wednesdays, from 10 to 11:15 am

Time commitment and technology requirements:

  • Interactive Zoom sessions: 10:00-11:15 am on the day when a given module is delivered.
  • Individual work per day per module: approximately 2-3 hrs.
  • You need to have access to a computer or laptop with a camera, microphone, and sound as well as an Internet connection.

How micro-credentials can support your job search?

Micro-credentials are digital badges that are valuable for potential employees.

They have labour market value because:

  • they're tailored to the employer or industry needs

  • they're designed to target high-demand skills with the goal of leading to faster hiring

  • they help match work-ready employees with gaps in the labour market.


Contact Lillearnenglish [at] (subject: Question%20about%20Workplace%20Preparation%20Program)
By phone: 905-575-1212 Ext. 3092

Attend an information session and learn how the program can support your career goals


Student Success Stories!


Meet Jacqueline, an Internationally Educated Nurse from the Philippines

"Portratit of Jacqueline"

"At first, I decided to take the Workplace Preparation Program (WPP) to boost my confidence in speaking the English language, little did I know that I would get more than what I had hoped for. More than increasing my confidence in spoken English, the WPP program motivated and pushed me to take a big leap of faith. More than all the valuable lessons about the Canadian labour market, workplace communication, and job search technique, it was the all-inclusive environment of the entire WPP program that made me feel welcomed... continue reading

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