Human Resources (HR) Connections: Strategies for the Canadian Workplace helps internationally trained human resources professionals to find work in Canada. It builds on your previous human resources expertise by providing an orientation to your sector in Canada. The program is in partnership with HRPA and Sheridan College.

To be eligible for the program, clients must reside in Ontario.

See program full eligibility criteria for details.

Program Components

  • 7-week program 
  • Academic training provided by Sheridan College 
  • Business and workplace communication training in a Canadian context 
  • CHRP/CHRL Knowledge Exam and CHRP/CHRL Employment Law Exam preparation workshops
  • Experiential Learning 
  • Future Skills Training 
  • One-to-one support from an Employment Consultant who is knowledgeable about the sector 

Human Resources Connections is funded by the Government of Ontario and delivered in partnership with Sheridan College and supported by HRPA. 

Program Benefits

  • Orientation to the Human Resources sector in Canada
  • Referrals to Speed Mentoring® and The Mentoring Partnership™
  • Effective job search strategies including market research techniques, resume development, interview skills and targeting your job search to companies that require your specific skills and experience
  • Referrals to job openings and connections to employers
  • Access to mentors who are professionals in your field
  • Invitations to attend recruitment and networking events
  • Post-hire support – job retention, business communication/language coaching, HR sector coach

Program Eligibility

  • CLB Level 8 or higher preferred
  • Post-secondary education in relevant field
  • Permanent Residence, Convention Refugee, or Refugee Claimant with 1 year Canadian work permit
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in human resources outside of Canada (with no relevant Canadian work experience)
  • Have not been away from the field for a period longer than three years
  • Must reside in Ontario

Program Dates

  • May 6 – June 21, 2024
  • August 12 – September 27, 2024

Program Fees

The fee for this program is $565.  This offsets a portion of the Sheridan College academic component. 

Advisory Committee

  • Selina Louzado, Director of Talent and Culture, Novotel Hotel & Resorts (Mississauga) 
  • Ali Farooqui, HR Manager, Polar Pak Inc. 
  • Annette Dhanasar, Director, Human Resources, Hansen’s Group of Companies
  • Ian MacPherson, IH MacPherson Consulting, HR Consultant 
  • Nazlin Hirji, Sheridan College Executive Director, Continuing and Professional Studies  
  • Emma Gibbons, Sheridan College Acting Associate Director – Continuing and Professional Studies 
  • Shady Hana, Sheridan College Professor, HR, HRSA Advisor
  • Stephanie Braid, KPMG Senior Manager, Inclusion & Diversity