Newcomer Services

JVS Toronto Newcomer Services

Are you a recent newcomer to Canada? We have the services that will help you find a job!

We offer a variety of programs that will improve your English language skills, understand the Canadian labour market, teach you workplace and business etiquette, and help you use your international education and training to start your career in Canada.

Learn more about our services for newcomers and recent immigrants below.

Enhanced Language Training

Canadian Workplace Communications for Internationally Educated Professionals

Reach your full potential in the Canadian workplace! This program offers internationally educated professionals with backgrounds in banking, finance, architecture and information technology to improve their English language and workplace communication skills.

  • Improve your industry specific language and workplace communication including pronunciation, business writing, telephone, meeting and presentation skills
  • Build and expand your professional network
  • Meet Canadian employers, industry experts and other professionals right in your classroom
  • Connect with a mentor in your field ; gain access to job opportunities and internships
  • Receive one-on-one support from Certified Language Instructors, Employment Counselors and Job Developers

Contact us today for upcoming sessions in your profession:
(416) 649-1700 or (416) 649-1705


(Immigrant Professionals Leveraging Architectural Knowledge for New Opportunities)

Canadian bridge training for internationally educated architects
JVS Toronto IPLAN Architecture Program

IPLAN is your bridge to employment in Architecture in Canada
. Designed specifically for internationally educated professionals in architecture, this 14-week program provides participants with an opportunity to build upon their international education and work experience by gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully integrate into the Canadian workplace.

JVS Toronto delivers this unique program in partnership with Ryerson University, Ontario Tourism Education Council and Career Edge Organization.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High level of English language proficiency (CLB 8)
  • Undergraduate degree in architecture or its equivalent from a university outside of Canada
  • At least 2 years of work experience in architecture or a related field (paid or volunteer) obtained outside of Canada
  • Applicants with an equivalent degree in a related field may also be considered for admission

Upcoming Sessions:

January 11 – April 15, 2016
Registration begins October 2015
May 9 – August 12, 2016
Registration begins March 2016
September 12 – December 16, 2016
Registration begins June 2016
January 16 – April 21, 2017
Registration begins October 2016


Contact us today for fees and upcoming sessions:


Integrated Work Experience Strategy (IWES)

IWES prepares internationally educated professionals for employment in Canada’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector through a four-week intensive training session, including full-time classroom training and interactive workshops, followed by support in creating pathways to employment opportunities. This program is presented jointly by the Information and Communications Technology Council and JVS Toronto.

Overview of Application Process
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Job Search Workshop

This program provides internationally educated professionals with the necessary tools to integrate into the Canadian job market and reach realistic employment goals. Services include employment counselling and support, job search assistance through pre-employment workshops and one-on-one coaching, and work experience placements.

Contact us today for upcoming sessions:

Looking for more career coaching and preparation services?
Visit our Career Exploration page to find a program that’s right for you.


Mentoring Services

These programs match internationally trained professionals and trades people who are new to Canada with professionals in their fields of expertise. Mentors are valuable sources of information, advice and support for new Canadians.

JVS Toronto’s free mentoring services are available to unemployed or underemployed internationally trained individuals. Please contact us for specific eligibility requirements.


  • One-to-one sector-specific mentoring provided through The Mentoring Partnership. Mentors provide labour market information, work search strategy tips, and an understanding of the Canadian workplace culture. Occupation-specific mentoring is provided in partnership and collaboration with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and The Mentoring Partnership
  • Ethno-Cultural Group Mentoring facilitates group meetings with mentors and newcomers from the same ethno-cultural community. JVS Toronto provides the framework and resources and helps ethno-specific and professional immigrant networks and organizations to build the capacity to run this program for their newcomer members
  • Online mentoring through Canada InfoNet involves web based communication between mentors and mentees. This means mentoring can be done prior to arrival in Canada. Mentees are referred by Canada Immigration Integration Project (CIIP) and Canada Orientation Abroad (COA), and volunteer mentors are recruited across Canada

Contact us today on how to participate as a mentor or mentee:


Coaching to Career

This program is uniquely designed to provide Internationally Educated Professionals with an up-close, one-on-one perspective of working in Ontario’s information communications and technology sector. Participants are matched with a senior industry executive to support your path to employment. Together, you will develop an individual coaching relationship to help you attain employment that integrates previous work experience.

Contact us today for more information: