Workplace Preparation - Free Program

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New to Canada? Integrate into the workforce using your international experience

Learn and implement strategies that will help you overcome common barriers newcomers face in the job search.

The Workplace Preparation Program supports newcomers' integration into Canada's job market. The program is free to eligible participants. Read students testimonials here.

Apply today. Start in September.

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In the program, you will

  • Enhance your professional communication skills.
  • Learn interview techniques that highlight your transferable skills and qualifications.
  • Build a professional network within your field and access the hidden job market.
  • Increase your awareness of Canadian workplace culture.
  • Earn up to five micro-credentials to demonstrate to employers that you're job-ready.
  • Connect with a mentor to help you move forward with your career in Canada (Newcomer Mentorship Program).
  • Receive one-on-one support from our experienced staff.


  • You're a permanent resident of Canada or a protected person (with Notice of Decision) living in Ontario,
  • You have education and work experience from another country or Canada,
  • You have a valid proof of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) assessment at level 7 or higher.

NOTE:  All applicants must submit proof of English based on the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) assessment. Please note that we can not accept results from CELPIP, CELBAN, IELTS or any other test. To obtain proof of your CLB assessment, contact YMCA Immigrant Services to book an appointment to take the test. Phone number (905) 662-9400 or (905) 526-8452, email address immigrant.settlement [at] The test has no cost for permanent residents and protected persons.


Program schedule and delivery format

Flexible full-time and part-time online options with two cohorts every semester:

  • Fall semester 2022:
    • Cohort 1: September 19 to October 31 (currently taking applications)
    • Cohort 2: November 7 to December 15
  • Winter semester 2023:
    • Cohort 1: January 9 to February 16
    • Cohort 2: February 27 to April 6

Choose from the following list the course or courses you're interested in


Cohort 1
Course Description Interactive Zoom session
Labour Market Research 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, 10 to 11:15 am
Workplace Communication Enhance your teamwork and problem-solving skills. Wednesdays, 10 to 11:15 am
Cohort 2
Course Description Interactive Zoom session
Labour Market Research (for new students) Expand your understanding of your profession and stay current in your field in Canada with a research project. Mondays, 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, 10 to 11:15 am
Workplace Culture Strengthen your workplace communication skills (professional emails and voice messages, small talk, effective presentation skills, and more) Wednesdays, 10 to 11:15 am

Time commitment and technology requirements:

  • Interactive Zoom sessions: 10:00-11:15 am on the day when a given course is delivered.
  • Individual work per day per course: 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.

Earn five micro-credentials issued by Mohawk College

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.

Questions? Connect with us!

By email: learnEnglish [at] (subject: Question%20about%20the%20free%20Programs%20for%20Newcomers)

By phone: (905) 575-1212 ext. 3092
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Learn more. Join an online info session.

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Participant testimonials

Meet Jacqueline, an Internationally Educated Nurse from the Philippines

"Portrait 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

Meet Fatima-Zohra, a Communications Specialist from Morocco

"Portrait of Fatima"

"As a newcomer to Canada, I struggled to find a job in my field for a long time. I used to apply to many companies all day long but wouldn’t receive any interview requests. That’s when I decided to join the Workplace Preparation Program (WPP) with the hope of learning more about the Canadian labour market and... continue reading

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