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Frequently Asked Questions

In addition to the frequently asked questions below, you are welcome to call any of our ACCES Employment locations for more information. Click on the “Contact Us” tab for phone numbers and locations. The questions below are meant as a general guide to our services and programs.

General Inquiries

1) How do I get started?

You can visit the ACCES Employment location nearest to you and meet with an Employment Consultant. The Employment Consultant will provide an assessment of your job search needs and advise on which services, programs and workshops are available to you.

2) Do I have to pay a fee to attend ACCES Employment programs or services?

As a not-for-profit charitable organization, we offer employment programs and services that are free of charge. Some sector-specific programs have a fee that is eligible for financial reimbursement through an Ontario government bursary.

3) Do I have to be a Canadian citizen to use ACCES Employment services and programs?

You do not have to be a Canadian citizen, but you have to be eligible to work in Canada.

4) Where does ACCES Employment get their funding?

ACCES Employment receives funding from all levels of government, corporate sponsors and donors, the United Way Toronto & York Region and other sources.

5) Do you provide assistance with getting foreign credentials and license recognized?

We will assist you by connecting you to the resources that will assist with foreign credential and license recognition. ACCES can refer you to a credential assessment organization:

We will assist you by providing information for available settlement service options in your community, click here for a full list of community resources.

6) What is Second Career?

Second Career provides laid-off workers with skills training and financial support to help them find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario.

Second Career is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need, so you may be asked to contribute what you can to your training or education.

Second Career provides up to $28,000 for:
  • tuition
  • books
  • other instruction costs such as manuals or workbooks
  • transportation
  • a basic living allowance

Additional support may be available to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities, dependent care, costs of living away from home and academic upgrading.

To learn more about Second Career, please refer to the Program Calendar to attend an upcoming information session.

ACCES Employment Sector Specific Bridging Programs

ACCES Employment currently offers bridging programs in the financial services, sales and marketing, information technology, supply chain, human resources, leadership, and engineering sectors. These programs are offered to individuals following an assessment of suitability and eligibility by an Employment Consultant. For more information, please visit an ACCES Employment location.

1) What is the process for determining my eligibility for the program?

Please visit an ACCES Employment location to speak with an Employment Consultant to determine your eligibility for the program. If you are eligible, you will be invited to attend an information workshop to assist with your decision to enroll in the program.

2) What are the educational requirements for attending a bridging program?

You must have at least a Bachelors degree to attend.

3) How much experience in my sector do I need to attend the program?

You must have at least 3 years experience in the sector to qualify for the program.

4) Does this program offer job placements?

We support our clients in securing employment in their field or related field following the program. We have specialized Outreach and Job Development staff who assist with finding good opportunities for our clients.

Engineering Connections

How do I join this program?

Your first step is to attend an information session with the program team. Please refer to the workshop calendar to determine the next available session and call to register. During the information session you will learn more about the program and be given instructions on how to apply.

Who is eligible for this program?

To participate in this program you must meet some of the following eligibility criteria:
  • Permanent Resident
  • Convention Refugee
  • Minimum one year professional experience in the engineering sector OUTSIDE of Canada
  • Post-secondary education in engineering from OUTSIDE Canada
  • Good English communication skills (ideally Canadian Language Benchmark 6-10)
Note: If you do not meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level, you may benefit from our program, Language for Workplace Connections. Most participants increase their CLB by 2-3 points by the end of the program.

Is there a program fee?

There are no fees associated with the Job Search and Workplace Communication Training components of the program. The fee for the Project Management component is $400 plus HST. This fee offsets the academic portion of the program and may be eligible for full reimbursementthrough the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program based on the financial needs of participants.

What is the employment rate for this program?

More than 70 per cent of program graduates find employment in the sector within one year of graduating.

Is this a full-time program? Can it be completed on a part-time basis?

This is a full-time program. The program runs Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for six consecutive weeks. We do not offer this program on a part-time basis.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

Engineering Connections is offered at the following sites:
  • Mississauga
  • North York

Financial Services Connections

How do I join this program?

Your first step is to attend an information session with the program team. Please refer to the workshop calendar to determine the next available session and call to register. During the information session you will learn more about the program and be given instructions on how to apply.

Who is eligible for this program?

To participate in this program you must meet some of the following eligibility criteria:
  • Permanent Resident
  • Convention Refugee
  • Refugee Claimant with one year work permit
  • Minimum one year professional experience in the financial services sector OUTSIDE of Canada
  • Post-secondary education in Business, Administration, Accounting, Banking or a related field from OUTSIDE Canada
  • Good English communication skills (ideally Canadian Language Benchmark 7-8)
Note: If you do not meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level, you may benefit from our program, Language for Workplace Connections. Most participants increase their CLB by 2-3 points by the end of the program.

Is there a program fee?

The fee for this program is $500 plus HST. This fee offsets the academic portion of the program and may be eligible for full reimbursement through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program based on the financial needs of participants.

What is the employment rate for this program?

More than 80 per cent of program graduates find employment in their field within one year of completing the program.

Is this a full-time program? Can it be completed on a part-time basis?

This is a full-time program. The program runs Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for four consecutive weeks. We do not offer this program on a part-time basis.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

Financial Services Connections is offered at the following sites:
  • Scarborough
  • Toronto
  • Mississauga

Information Technology Connections

How do I join this program?

Your first step is to attend an information session with the program team. Please refer to the workshop calendar to determine the next available session and call to register. During the information session you will learn more about the program and be given instructions on how to apply.

Who is eligible for this program?

To participate in this program you must meet some of the following eligibility criteria:
  • Permanent Resident
  • Convention Refugee
  • Refugee Claimant with one year work permit
  • Minimum one year professional experience in the IT sector OUTSIDE of Canada
  • Post-secondary education in the IT field from OUTSIDE Canada
  • Good English communication skills (ideally Canadian Language Benchmark 7)
Note: If you do not meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level, you may benefit from our program, Language for Workplace Connections. Most participants increase their CLB by 2-3 points by the end of the program.

Is there a program fee?

The fee for this program is $500 plus HST. This fee offsets the academic portion of the program and may be eligible for full reimbursement through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program based on the financial needs of participants.

What is the employment rate for this program?

Ninety-four per cent of graduates find work that reflects their experience within one year of program completion.

Is this a full-time program? Can it be completed on a part-time basis?

This is a full-time program. The program runs Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for five consecutive weeks (with an optional two-week add on for project management). We do not offer this program on a part-time basis.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

Information Technology Connections is offered at the following sites:
  • Toronto
  • Mississauga

Human Resources Connections

How do I join this program?

Your first step is to attend an information session with the program team. Please refer to the workshop calendar to determine the next available session and call to register.During the information session you will learn more about the program and be given instructions on how to apply.

Who is eligible for this program?

To participate in this program you must meet some of the following eligibility criteria:
  • Permanent Resident
  • Convention Refugee
  • Refugee Claimant with one year work permit
  • Minimum two years professional experience in the HR sector OUTSIDE of Canada
  • Post-secondary education in the HR field from OUTSIDE Canada
  • Good English communication skills (ideally Canadian Language Benchmark 8)
Note: If you do not meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level, you may benefit from our program, Language for Workplace Connections. Most participants increase their CLB by 2-3 points by the end of the program.

Is there a program fee?

The fee for this program is $500 plus HST. This fee offsets the academic portion of the program and may be eligible for full reimbursement through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program based on the financial needs of participants.

What is the employment rate for this program?

Nearly 80 per cent of graduates find work that reflects their experience within one year of program completion.

Is this a full-time program? Can it be completed on a part-time basis?

This is a full-time program. The program runs Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for seven consecutive weeks. We do not offer this program on a part-time basis.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

HR Connections is offered at the following sites:
  • Brampton
  • Mississauga

As a member of the HR Connections program do I get a discount towards the HRPA membership?

HR Connections does not provide a discount for HRPA membership. However, if you qualify, HRPA offers a discounted membership for internationally-trained HR professionals (HR IEP) for a reduced fee for the membership year (plus chapter fees). Please go to www.hrpa.ca for more information.

Supply Chain Connections

How do I join this program?

Your first step is to attend an information session with the program team. Please refer to the workshop calendar to determine the next available session and call to register. During the information session you will learn more about the program and be given instructions on how to apply.

Who is eligible for this program?

To participate in this program you must meet some of the following eligibility criteria:
  • Permanent Resident
  • Convention Refugee
  • Refugee Claimant with one year work permit
  • Minimum two years professional experience in supply chain OUTSIDE of Canada
  • Post-secondary education in supply chain from OUTSIDE Canada
  • Good English communication skills (ideally Canadian Language Benchmark 8)
Note: If you do not meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level, you may benefit from our program, Language for Workplace Connections. Most participants increase their CLB by 2-3 points by the end of the program.

Is there a program fee?

The fee for this program is $500 plus HST. This fee offsets the academic portion of the program and may be eligible for full reimbursement through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program based on the financial needs of participants.

What is the employment rate for this program?

Eighty-three per cent of graduates find work that reflects their experience within one year of program completion.

Is this a full-time program? Can it be completed on a part-time basis?

This is a full-time program. The program runs Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for five consecutive weeks. We do not offer this program on a part-time basis.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

Supply Chain Connections is offered at the following site:
  • Mississauga

Leadership Connections

How do I join this program?

Your first step is to attend an information session with the program team. Please refer to the workshop calendar to determine the next available session and call to register. During the information session you will learn more about the program and be given instructions on how to apply.

Who is eligible for this program?

To participate in this program you must meet some of the following eligibility criteria:
  • Permanent Resident
  • Convention Refugee
  • Refugee Claimant with one year work permit
  • Minimum 2 years management/leadership related work experience outside Canada in the Finance and IT sectors
  • Post-secondary education outside Canada in business or program administration and/or an MBA
  • Good English communication skills (ideally Canadian Language Benchmark 8)
Note: If you do not meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level, you may benefit from our program, Language for Workplace Connections. Most participants increase their CLB by 2-3 points by the end of the program.

Is there a program fee?

The fee for this program is $500 plus HST. This fee offsets the academic portion of the program and may be eligible for full reimbursement through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program based on the financial needs of participants.

What is the employment rate for this program?

More than 80 per cent of graduates find work that reflects their experience within one year of program completion.

Is this a full-time program? Can it be completed on a part-time basis?

This is a full-time program. The program runs Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for four consecutive weeks. We do not offer this program on a part-time basis.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

Leadership Connections is offered at the following site:
  • Toronto

Sales and Marketing Connections

How do I join this program?

Your first step is to attend an information session with the program team. Please refer to the workshop calendar to determine the next available session and call to register. During the information session you will learn more about the program and be given instructions on how to apply.

Who is eligible for this program?

To participate in this program you must meet some of the following eligibility criteria:
  • Permanent Resident
  • Convention Refugee
  • Refugee Claimant with one year work permit
  • Minimum 3 years experience in sales/marketing OUTSIDE Canada
  • Post-secondary education outside Canada in sales, marketing, commerce, etc.
  • Good English communication skills (ideally Canadian Language Benchmark 8)
Note: If you do not meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level, you may benefit from our program, Language for Workplace Connections. Most participants increase their CLB by 2-3 points by the end of the program.

Is there a program fee?

The fee for this program is $500 plus HST. This fee offsets the academic portion of the program and may be eligible for full reimbursement through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program based on the financial needs of participants.

What is the employment rate for this program?

More than 80 per cent of graduates find work that reflects their experience within one year of program completion.

Is this a full-time program? Can it be completed on a part-time basis?

This is a full-time program. The program runs Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for five consecutive weeks. We do not offer this program on a part-time basis.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

Sales and Marketing Connections is offered at the following sites:
  • Mississauga
  • Scarborough

START Program

How do I join this program?

You must obtain and sign a Referral Form from your Ontario Works caseworker by visiting your Toronto Employment and Social Services office. You may be required to advise your Caseworker that the START Program Referral is located on the POES System (Purchase of Employment Services) under the category of ‘Employment Essentials’. Once you have the signed Referral Form, you must set up your screening appointment by contacting the individual listed on your Referral Form.

Who is eligible for this program?

To be eligible, you must be a woman in receipt of ‘Ontario Works’ and have an interest in finding employment in the Customer Service environment. (NB: ‘Ontario Works’ is a Social Assistance program for Ontario residents needing financial assistance to help cover the costs of basic needs and housing with a willingness to take part in activities the will help them find a job.)

Priority acceptance is offered to immigrant women (residing in Canada ten years or less), however all women who apply and are receiving Ontario Works will be considered.

Is this a full-time program? Can it be completed on a part-time basis?

This is a full-time program. The program runs Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for ten consecutive weeks. We do not offer this program on a part-time basis.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

The START Program is offered at the following sites:
  • Toronto
  • Scarborough

Where do START Program graduates find employment?

START Program graduates have secured employment in the following sectors:
  • Banking & Finance
  • Retail Sales
  • Office Administration
  • Food Service
  • Hotels & Hospitality
  • Legal
  • Non-Profit
  • Healthcare

For additional information, see list of employer connections on the START Program page.

The Mentoring Partnership

Who is eligible to be a mentee?

Mentees must:
  • have lived in Canada for less than three years and have limited or no Canadian work experience in their profession OR have re-engaged with their profession through academic training or bridging within the past 2 years
  • have the English skills required to perform effectively in the workplace
  • have at least three years of international work experience in their area of expertise
  • have achieved at least a bachelor’s degree – or equivalent post-secondary education – from outside of Canada
  • be eligible to work in Canada
  • be currently unemployed or underemployed i.e. not working in their field of expertise
  • be actively seeking work in their field

How long is the mentoring relationship? How many hours a week is involved?

The time commitment is 24 hours during a 4-month span. This works out to approximately 1½ hours per week. However, the time commitment on how many hours per week/ per month will be determined together by you and your mentor.

In addition to your meetings with your mentor, you are expected to be conducting job search activities throughout the period of the mentoring relationship. Your coach supports you in this activity.

Do I meet with my mentor in person?

It is recommended that you meet in person, especially for the first few meetings. However, there will be times when on-line or phone communication will be more convenient and/ or effective for both of you.

What kind of support will I receive during the mentoring relationship?

Prior to the start of the mentoring relationship, you will be provided with resources and an invitation to take part in a mentee orientation session to learn more about your roles and responsibilities.

Each matched pair is also supported by a mentoring coach based at a participating community partner organization. Their role is to assist you throughout the entire mentoring relationship and respond to your questions and concerns. The coach can refer you to other resources, services and supports to assist you in your job search, and troubleshoot or provide advice if problems arise in the mentoring relationship.

Speed Mentoring

How do I join this program?

Your first step is to drop by one of our sites to meet with an employment consultant. (S)he will refer you to the appropriate program or service at ACCES to best meet your unique needs. Job seekers across all programs are given the opportunity to participate in Speed Mentoring events. Your employment consultant will refer you to specific events as they meet your sector and professional background.

Who is eligible for this program?

All clients at ACCES Employment are eligible to participate in Speed Mentoring.

Is there a program fee?

No. This program is free and provided as part of ACCES’s integrated approach to serving job seekers. The program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and sponsored by BMO Financial Group.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

Speed Mentoring is offered across all ACCES sites:
  • Toronto
  • Scarborough
  • North York
  • Mississauga
  • Brampton

Some Speed Mentoring events will take place off-site and are hosted by employer partners in the Greater Toronto Area.

Entrepreneurship Connections

How do I join this program?

Your first step is to attend an information session with the program team. Please refer to the workshop calendar to determine the next available session and call to register. During the information session you will learn more about the program and be given instructions on how to apply.

Who is eligible for this program?

To participate in this program you must meet some of the following eligibility criteria:
  • Permanent Resident
  • Protected Person
  • Live-in caregivers with a temporary work permit
  • Interest in starting your own business
Note: If you do not meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level, you may benefit from our program, Language for Workplace Connections. Most participants increase their CLB by 2-3 points by the end of the program.

Is there a program fee?

No. The Entrepreneurship Connections program is offered free-of-charge. The program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

Do you provide small business loans or financing?

The Entrepreneurship Connections program does not provide loans or financing. However, our expert trainers will equip you with knowledge and resources to access available funding for your business. ACCES Employment does not provide business startup financing, income or childcare support to program participants.

Is this a full-time program? Can it be completed on a part-time basis?

The Entrepreneurship Connections Program is a four-week, part-time intensive training program. To ensure your success in the program full attendance and completion of all course work is highly recommended.

Do I need a specific business idea to join the program?

The Entrepreneurship Connections Program currently accepts individuals with viable business ideas to participate in the program. However, if you are considering entrepreneurship as a career option, our team would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options including providing you with valuable community resources to lead you in the right direction.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

Entrepreneurship Connections is offered at the following site:
  • Toronto

Language for Workplace Connections

How do I join the Language for Workplace Connections?

Please attend an information session to learn more about the program and how to register. Please refer to the program calendar to determine the next available information session. Please call the site to register.

Who is eligible for this program?

To participate in this program you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5+

Is there a program fee?

There are no fees associated with this program. Language for Workplace Connections is funded by the Government of Canada.

Is this a full time program?

This is a full-time program. The program runs Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for five consecutive weeks.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

Language for Workplace Connections is offered at the following sites:
  • Toronto
  • Scarborough

Talk English Café

1) How do I join Talk English Café sessions?

Talk English Café sessions are offered at all ACCES locations. Visit the program calendar section to view the scheduled sessions. No registration is required, this is a drop in program. Online Talk English Café sessions are offered on a registration basis. To register, contact Layla Harrison.

2) Who is eligible for this program?

This program does not have any eligibility requirements. Any ACCES clients are welcome to join the program.

3) Is there a program fee?

There are no fees associated with this program.

Canadian Employment Connections

How do I join this program?

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about enrolling in the program.

Who is eligible for this program?

To participate in this program you must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
  • You are destined to land anywhere in Canada (Pan-Canadian)
  • You must be approved for Permanent Residency in Canada
  • You must be committed to completing the program within 8 weeks
  • You are planning to arrive in Canada in less than 3 months, and more than 8 weeks from now
  • You are proficient in computer skills and comfortable with online learning
  • You have strong English language skills
  • You have a minimum 2 years of experience in Financial Services, Engineering, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Information Technology, or Supply Chain
  • You have a post-secondary education in Financial Services, Engineering, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Information Technology, or Supply Chain

What is valid documentation for this program?

To register for the program, you will be required to submit valid documentation to confirm your eligibility for the program. We require one of the following documents to be provided:
  • Permanent Resident card
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence
  • Medical /security notification letter
  • Permanent Resident visa
  • Letter of notification to pick up Permanent Resident visa

Is there a program fee?

The program is offered free-of-charge. Canadian Employment Connections is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

What is the employment rate for this program?

Canadian Employment Connections is brand new initiative launched in October 2015. ACCES Employment’s sector-specific bridging programs have a success rate of over 82% across all programs.

Is this a full-time program? Can it be completed on a part-time basis?

Through ‘virtual’ services and an innovative online platform, you will be guided through several learning stages to prepare you for Canadian workplaces. The program offers self-directed learning modules that can be completed both full-time and as well as on a part-time basis.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

The program is run online through a virtual platform.

Youth Job Connections

What is the age requirement for this program?

You have to be between the ages of 15-29.

What are the eligibility criteria for this program?

To participate in Youth Job Connection, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Not participating in full time training/education
  • Unemployed
  • Resident of Ontario
  • Eligible to work in Canada

How do I get started?

You can call us and set up an appointment with an Employment Consultant for an Intake Assessment to discuss your suitability for this program.

Is there a fee to attend this program?

There is no fee to attend the program. On the contrary, you are paid to attend pre-employment workshops. Paid training is provided at $11.25 an hour for a maximum of 90 hours.

Will I be provided with a placement after the completion of the program?

In order to be considered for placement, you must complete a minimum of 60 hours of pre-employment workshops. Once you have completed that requirement, you will work directly with a job developer at ACCES who will help you to find paid employment.

What kind of industries can I get employed in?

The Youth Job Connection program works with you to develop a career plan in an industry that you are passionate about. For example:
  • Customer Service
  • Information Technology
  • Beautician and Cosmetician
  • Skilled Trades- Automotive, Construction
  • Finance and Banking
  • Hospitality and Tourism

Do I need any prior experience to join this program?

You do not need any prior experience to join this program. You will need to participate in an intake assessment to discuss your suitability for this program.

I have barriers to employment; will I be able to join this program?

This program is designed to assist youth with barriers to employment. You will meet with an Employment Consultant to conduct an intake assessment and coordinate services to assist you in finding employment.

IT Accelerator Program

What is the age requirement for this program?

You must be 18-29 years old to participate in the IT Accelerator program.

What are the eligibility criteria for this program?

To participate in the program, you must meet the following program eligibility criteria:
  • 18-29 years of age
  • Unemployed
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Available Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for 16-weeks of in-class training at Seneca College, Markham campus
Related post-secondary education is an asset.

How do I get started?

Your first step is to attend an information session with the program team. Please refer to the workshop calendar to determine the next available session and call to register. During the information session you will learn more about the program and be given instructions on how to apply.

Is there a fee to attend this program?

The fee for this program is $500. This offsets a portion of the Seneca College academic component. All books and materials are included or available on-loan to participants at no cost. All other costs related to the program and employment services are generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

How do I make the payment?

Once you have been accepted into the program, you will attend an orientation session at Seneca College. At this time you will officially register for the program and pay the fee for the program.

Do I need any prior experience to join this program?

Related post-secondary education or work experience is considered an asset, but is not required to participate in the program.

I have barriers to employment; will I be able to join this program?

This program is designed to assist youth who may be facing barriers to employment. You will meet with the Program Coordinator who will conduct an intake assessment and coordinate services to assist you in finding employment.

Employment Connections for Newcomer Youth

What is the age requirement for this program?

You have to be between the ages of 16-29.

What are the eligibility criteria for this program?

To participate in the Employment Connections for Newcomer Youth Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Newcomer and refugee youth
  • Eligible to work in Canada

How do I get started?

You can call us and set up an appointment with an Employment Consultant for an Intake Assessment to discuss your suitability for this program.

Is there a fee to attend this program?

There is no fee to attend the program. It is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Will I be provided with a placement after the completion of the program?

Once you have completed that program, you will work directly with a job developer at ACCES who will help you to find paid employment.

What kind of industries can I get employed in?

The Employment Connections for Newcomer Youth program works with you to develop a career plan in the Customer Service or General Labour Industries.

Do I need any prior experience to join this program?

You do not need any prior experience to join this program. You will need to participate in an intake assessment to discuss your suitability for this program.

Which ACCES locations offer this program?

Employment Connections for Newcomer Youth is offered at the following sites:

  • Brampton (44 Peel Centre Drive, Suite 201 next to Bramalea City Centre)
  • Mississauga (151 City Centre Drive, Suite 601 next to Square One Shopping Centre)

Construction Trades Project

How do I join this program?

To join this program, you must be assessed at one of the ACCES locations. Please drop by one or our sites to meet with an Employment Consultant.

Following your assessment you will be enrolled into the training session of your choice. No technical assessment is needed.

Who is eligible for the program?

Syrian refugees with a CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) level 2 and above are eligible for this program. No construction experience is necessary.

Is there a program fee?

No, the program is free. It is funded by the Government of Canada.

Will I be able to get a job once I’m done?

Yes, ACCES will connect you to an employer after the training is complete. We will provide you with ongoing post-employment supports as well.

Where is training being held?

The language training will be held at ACCES Mississauga and ACCES North York.

The Pre-Apprenticeship training will be held at the Ontario Masonry Training Centre (OMTC) and Local International Unions of North America (LiUNA).

What topics are included in the pre-apprenticeship training?

The program will focus primarily on the following areas:
  • Health and safety
    • Working at heights
    • Elevated work platforms
    • WHMIS
    • Basics of health safety
    • Propane
  • Canadian workplace culture
  • Forklift and scissor lift training

    What is included in the language training?

    Language training will be practical and specific to the construction trades. Individuals will gain real world experience that connects to their in-class language learning and enhance their workplace communication skills. The training will be focused on intermediate work-related language, trades related terminology, health and safety terminology, trades math and other related topics.

    Will I have to buy my own hard hat, boots and glasses?

    No, PPE (personal protective equipment) will be provided to you at no cost.

    Online Services

    Who is eligible for online services?

    If you are eligible to work in Canada and looking for employment, you are a good fit for our online services.

    Is there a cost associated with this program?

    No. This program is free of charge for job seekers; thanks to the generous support of Accenture for their support in helping us to build this digital platform.