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Specialized Language Training For Newcomers

October 27, 2010 Backgrounder

Ontario has invested $4.3 million, over three years (2009-2012), to provide specialized language training to approximately 3,800 newcomers.

Since 2006, nearly $10 million has been invested in 81 specialized language training projects to help 7,800 newcomers learn the language of their workplace or profession.

The training helps newcomers strengthen their language skills so they can get jobs that reflect their qualifications or perform their existing jobs more effectively.

Sixteen school boards are offering the specialized language training, in partnership with employers, in classroom settings or in the workplace.

The Halton District School Board has trained 92 newcomers and partnered with 10 employers since its program began in January 2010 and will help an estimated total of 650 newcomers over the three year program.

The training addresses learners’ language barriers while responding to the needs of employers in a number of sectors, including:

  • Accounting, business and finance
  • Information technology
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Health care and pharmaceutical
  • Hospitality and tourism

Ontario Specialized Language Training Projects


District School Board (DSB)

Sector and Type

In the Classroom

At the Workplace



Halton Catholic DSB


Food Manufacturing Processing

Halton DSB


Manufacturing and Service


Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB

Financial, IT, Engineering, Medical/ Pharmaceutical/ Laboratory, Social Science


Peel DSB

Customer Service and Business, Internationally Trained Teachers


In the Classroom

At the Workplace



Toronto Catholic DSB

Childcare, Internationally Trained ESL Teachers


Toronto DSB

Home Health Care, Hospitality, Senior’s Activation, Success in Business, Retail Trade



York Catholic DSB

Accounting, Engineering, Health Care

Construction, Manufacturing

Northern Region

Sault Ste. Marie

Algoma DSB


Steel and Manufacturing, Forest Products and Research, IT, Hospitality

Eastern Region


Limestone DSB

Health Care



Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

Health Care


Ottawa Catholic DSB

Home Day Care / Day Care Assistant, Office Assistant, Retail Sales


Western Region


Upper Grand DSB

Business / Clerical, Food and Beverage



London District Catholic SB

Skilled Admin. / Business / Clerical


Thames Valley DSB

Health Care Professionals, Law Enforcement, Retail Sales

Manufacturing/ Distribution, Food Processing, Food Production, Service Industry, IT


Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic DSB

Hospitality and Tourism



Niagara Catholic DSB

Home Day Care and Children’s Programs