Home > Key Services > Ontario Bridge Training > Current research projects

Ontario Bridge Training

Current research projects

The findings of these Ontario research initiatives will lead to the development of resources and tools that can help internationally trained individuals obtain licensure and/or find jobs in their fields.

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSLMS)

Exam Preparation for Medical Laboratory Technologists

Website: http://www.csmls.org/
E-mail: info@csmls.org
Telephone: (905) 528-8642
Location: Hamilton

This project will develop and pilot online exam preparation resources in order to address the discrepancy between the licensing examination pass rates of Canadian-educated internationally trained Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) and internationally trained MLTs.

The online learning resource will consist of multimedia components that cover the nature and structure of the multiple-choice competency-based certification exam, how to prepare for such an exam, how the exam is evaluated and scored, what scores are required for licensure, et cetera. In addition, the resource will direct internationally trained MLTs to supplementary resources to assist in preparing for the exam.

Bilingual Proficiency Framework (BPF)

This project will develop a Frame of Reference enabling internationally trained individuals (ITIs), as well as any person whose first language is neither French nor English, to match their bilingual skills to a specific job posting in the health, tourism, and administration sectors.

The Frame of Reference of Bilingual Competency will also provide employers with information for their selection and promotion process. This tool will be made available on-line in both official languages.


Cultural Competency Training

Human Resource Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO)

Website:  www.hrpa.ca  
Phone: (416) 923-2324
Location: Toronto

This project will develop a cultural competency certificate for delivery at Ontario companies and as a public certificate which will qualify holders for recertification credits for the Certified Human Resources Professionals (CHRP) designation. 

The certificate will help Human Resources (HR) professionals to gain organizational competence and confidence to recruit, hire, retain and promote qualified internationally educated HR professionals in Ontario companies.

View Larger Map

Enhancing Internationally Educated Nurses' Language Competencies: Fair and Effective Systems Change

York University

Website:  www.yorku.ca/health/nurs/programs_inter_educated.html
E-mail: lum@yorku.ca
Telephone: 416-736 2100 ext. 20037
Location: Toronto

This project will ensure that the improved tools, policies and processes used to assess, teach, and support English language skills development internationally educated nurses become embedded into York University’s core business.  Though this project focuses on internationally educated nurses, the ultimate goal is to expand to internationally educated professionals in other professions.

Improving Recruitment, Hiring, Workplace Integration, and Retention of Internationally Trained Engineers (ITEs) in Engineering Companies

Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

Website:  www.ospe.on.ca
E-mail: lweissling@ospe.on.ca
Phone: 416-223-9961
Location: Toronto

This project will develop new resources for engineering employers in order to help facilitate the integration and retention of internationally trained engineers into Ontario workplaces.

The project will create an online engineering sector hub of information and services, which will be useful for human resources and management staff in engineering companies. The ultimate goal is to improve the sector-wide recruitment and hiring practices, workplace integration and employment retention of internationally trained engineers.

Levelling Access Assessment for National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) Eligibility

Royal College of Dentists of Canada

Phone: 416-512-6571
E-mail: itsd@rcdc.ca
Website: www.rcdc.ca
Location: Toronto

This project addresses the challenges that are faced by internationally-trained dental specialists in passing the National Dental Speciality Examination (NDSE) and becoming eligible for licensure in Ontario and find work in their field. The Royal College of Dentists of Canada aims to do this by developing a revised examination process, providing additional training to volunteer examiners and making information more accessible to internationally trained applicants.

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Communication Competency Assessment (OCECCA) Implementation and Evaluation

Touchstone Institute

E-mail: communication@tsin.ca
Location: Toronto

This project will establish a trusted centre of excellence to administer and develop occupation-specific communication assessments for internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs). The Centre will provide a hub for valid, reliable communication competency assessments, as identified by regulators and other key stakeholders; help health regulators understand, set and implement language proficiency standards that are fair and defensible; and revise and develop objective, transparent language communication competency assessment tools and resources.

Showcase and Repository of Regulatory Practices to Facilitate Integration of Internationally Educated Individuals

This project is developing an occupation-specific language assessment test for the occupational therapy and physiotherapy professions.

Workplace Cultural Competency - A Pathway to Successful Integration and Inclusion of Internationally Trained Individuals

Ryerson University

Website: www.ryerson.ca/ce/wcc.
E-mail:  wcc@ryerson.ca
Location: Niagara and Ottawa

This program helps internationally trained individuals understand the importance of workplace culture in Canada and will be piloted in the Niagara and Ottawa regions through a combination of online and classroom delivery.