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New Ontario Bridge Training Projects

Ten new Ontario Bridge Training projects have launched to help internationally trained people find jobs that match their skills and experience.



Project Name

Project Description


Touchstone Institute (formerly CEPHEA)

OCECCA Implementation and Evaluation

The OCECCA Implementation and Evaluation Project will administer and develop new occupation-specific language assessments for internationally-educated health professionals (IEHPs). This project will work to enhance existing assessments and design new tests to meet professional practice requirements.


College of Dietitians of Ontario

Competence Assessment Schema for Internationally Educated Dietitians

The project will enhance the College of Dietitians of Ontario’s (CDO) assessment process. It will help internationally educated dietitians (IEDs) make better decisions while they are considering  immigrating to Ontario and/or if they are planning on coming to Ontario in the future.


George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology

IEN Success: Leveraging Collaborative Partnerships

The Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) Success: Leveraging Collaborative Partnerships Project is a joint undertaking among six Ontario-based post-secondary institutions, including Algonquin College, Centennial College, Fanshawe College, George Brown College, Mohawk College, and York University. 

This project will work to enhance the learning experience of IENs across Ontario Bridge Training Projects in order to improve their success.


George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology

College Teacher Training Program -- Enhanced Delivery

The Enhanced Delivery of the College Teacher Training Program will help internationally trained college teachers to transition their skills and experience into Ontario’s education sector.


Immigrant Access Fund of Canada Inc.

Immigrant Access Fund: Micro Loans for Internationally Trained Individuals

This project will provide micro loans for internationally-trained individuals, to help them pay the costs and fees associated with Ontario Bridge Training programs, licensure/certifications exams and credential assessments.

In addition, loans may cover living expenses incurred while completing a Bridge Training program or preparing for licensure/certification exams.


Maytree Foundation, The

Perceptions of Employment Barriers and Solutions

This research project aims to increase our understanding of how skilled immigrants and employers perceive barriers to employment.

The findings of this study will help the government to evaluate existing employer toolkits and to identify effective practices and resources that support employers in hiring skilled immigrants.


McMaster University

Partnering with Employers: Increasing IEN Employment in Healthcare Organizations

The project will work to engage healthcare employers to hire Internationally Educated Nurses and integrate them successfully by providing effective orientation and on-boarding training. 


Ontario Professional Foresters Association

Bridge Training Program for Foresters

This project will help Internationally Trained Foresters (ITF) to acquire the skills they need to practice professional forestry in Ontario.

Participants will engage in targeted academic and work-related competency training and/or assessments.


The College of Opticians of Ontario

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process review project

This project will allow the College of Opticians of Ontario to improve the way they conduct assessments.

This project will align the PLAR assessment criteria with the National Competencies for Canadian Opticians, and enhance the consistency, fairness, transparency, impartiality and objectivity of the PLAR process across jurisdictions.


York University

The Osgoode NCA On-line Exam Preparation Courses

This project will convert existing courses into on-line/on-demand formats and develop a new on-line course to help internationally trained lawyers prepare for the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) examinations and obtain their Certificate of Qualification.

The Certificate of Qualification allows successful participants to continue in the licensure process with the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC).