Skilled Trades Immigration Programs

Ontario Bridge Training Program


Bridge training programs are designed to help you continue working in your career after immigrating to Ontario by “bridging” your international training, education, and experience, with what you need to know to continue working in your field in Ontario. Bridge training programs help you get fast access to training and support towards a license or certificate, and assist in finding employment in your profession or trade.

Bridge training programs are available for eligible immigrants with international training, education, and experience in:

  • a regulated occupation (for example, nursing, engineering, etc.)
  • a highly-skilled, non-regulated occupation that is currently in demand (for example, information technology, financial services, etc.)

Bridge training programs can help you by providing:

  • an assessment of your skills and prior learning
  • technical and essential skills training specific to your occupation
  • license or certification exam preparation
  • workplace culture and communication training
  • clinical or job placements to help you get Canadian workplace experience
  • mentoring or networking with employers
  • employment supports, like resume preparation, labour market orientation, mock interviews, job search support, etc.
  • post-employment job retention supports, including career planning and management

To be eligible, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • a resident of Ontario
  • have international post-secondary education
  • have international work experience in your occupation
  • have English language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 7 or higher
  • one of the following:
    • refugee claimant with a valid work permit
    • permanent resident
    • naturalized Canadian citizen

International students and temporary foreign workers are not eligible.

To apply to bridge training programs, you must:

  • find an approved training course that fits your experience and schedule.
  • contact the selected training provider to apply.

To learn how to register and more details:

To learn about the Skilled Trades Stream under OINP: