Getting Started in Canada
Settlement.org - A website sponsored by Immigration Canada and the Province of Ontario to provide newcomers to Ontario with information and answers to questions they may have on settling in Ontario.
Skills for Change - Provides learning and training opportunities for immigrants and refugees so that they can participate in the workplace and wider community.
Skills for Change website
Centre for Foreign Trained Professionals and Tradespeople - This organization assists internationally trained professionals in finding work related to their skills or professional background.
Centre for Foreign Trained Professionals and Tradespeople website
COSTI - Provides educational, social and employment services to help all immigrants in the greater Toronto area attain self-sufficiency in Canadian society.
Job Preparation Programs
The first thing new Canadians need to do is attend and complete a Job Preparation Program to give them the job search and other related skills to be able to properly look for and find suitable positions in their local economy. These programs are usually government or community agency funded and available through Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) or any of the following agencies: JobStart, COSTI, ACCES, Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre, JVS, Brampton Neighbourhood Centre, Caledon Community Services, Malton Neighbourhood Services, Skills for Change, Humber College and Seneca College.
Internships and Mentoring
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) is a multi-stakeholder council that is working to improve access to employment for immigrants in the Toronto region, so they are better able to use the skills, education and experience they bring with them to Canada: TRIEC website. From this site you can contact two other primary resources:
Career Bridge creates paid internship opportunities with employers that are committed to providing relevant work experience to professional-level newcomers
The Mentoring Partnership website which matches skilled immigrants with established professionals who share the same occupation.
ACCA Canada is a corporate partner of TRIEC and The Mentoring Partnership and has also utilized this program to assist us in running our own mentoring program for members in Canada. Members who have established themselves in Canada can satisfy their CPD requirements by mentoring more junior ACCA members. Members who are "New Canadians" can gain help from this program so they are better able to use the skills, education and experience they bring with them to Canada.
Mentees need to meet specific screening requirements and to have completed a Job Preparation Program as detailed above to qualify. Please see the Mentoring Partnership website for full details on this program.
Other Co-Op Opportunities
North American College - Provides mentoring, experience and exposure to the preparation of financial statements in Canada, operating a Canadian Experience Reference Building program:
North American College website
Please note: a full listing of individual recruiters familiar with the ACCA designation and willing to look for positions for ACCAs is also available on this website under 'Members' and 'Students' and 'Employment Information'