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Province invests in Francophone newcomers

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Over $1.5 million is being invested by the province to help internationally trained workers contribute to the economy. 

Officials announced Tuesday that skilled Francophone newcomers will receive additional training they need to get a license or certificate to work in their trade or profession in Ontario. 

The funding is provided through the Bridging Participant Assistance Program and the Ontario Bridge Training Program and will help connect hundreds of Francophone newcomers with good jobs.

“Helping newcomers to get the training and retraining they need to work is paramount to Ontario’s economy, and eventually to our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Our government knows that welcoming newcomers and immigrants will allow us to further grow and diversify our communities, while expanding and building the skilled workforce we need now and in the future.”

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The funding is provided through both the Ontario Bridge Training Program and the Bridging Participant Assistance Program, the government is helping internationally trained professionals access the labour market in the areas of customer service, education, social services, management and finance.

Collège Boréal is a partner in the Bridging program and will offer up to 65 highly-skilled Francophone newcomers financial support, offsetting the costs of bridge training that will help  them in getting certified to work in their field in Ontario. Eligible newcomers can be provided with up to $2,100 to cover tuition, books and equipment costs. Participants must apply at the financial offices of the Collège Boréal campuses in Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, London and Windsor, where the training would take place.

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