Canada InfoNet, formerly CanPrep, is delivered in partnership with five Canadian organizations dedicated to successfully integrating newcomers to Canada in the workplace.
JVS Toronto believes that every individual has opportunities for employment. Since 1947, JVS Toronto has been giving the power of employment and improved learning to over 21,000 individuals through career, employment, and educational and vocational assessment services in Toronto and York Region.
As the lead partner for Canada InfoNet, JVS Toronto manages the overall delivery of services and staff team, along with providing online mentoring through CanadaInfoNet.
Our Canada InfoNet team
Sharvari Jois, Manager, Canada InfoNet
Sharvari, an immigrant herself, is very passionate about making a difference in the lives of other new comers to Canada. She has been with the Canada InfoNet program since the time it was piloted in 2016 and has built expertise in catering to the pre-arrival needs of internationally trained professionals. She comes to Canada InfoNet with extensive international experience in management, human resources, recruitment, training and mentoring.
Farah Alizadehahi, Employment Counsellor/Mentoring Coach
Farah is a passionate counsellor with extensive experience in mentoring, coaching, train-the-trainer and adult education. Since 2007 Farah has been working with JVS Toronto’s online mentoring programs including the Canada InfoNet pilot program. Farah’s specialties include e-learning, online and in-person counselling and coaching, mentoring, and individual and group facilitation.
Rahim Braksa, Bilingual Employment Counsellor/Mentoring Coach
Rahim brings solid knowledge to Canada InfoNet in mentoring, employment services and resources, facilitation and adult education. An internationally trained professional fluent in English and French, Rahim built up his Canadian experience in employment counselling and coaching.
Anne Hu, Employment Counsellor/Mentoring Coach
Anne is an Employment Counsellor/Mentoring Coach with unique backgrounds in Career Counselling, Software Quality Assurance, and Computer Engineering. Having been an immigrant herself, she understands on a personal level what newcomers go through before and after landing. She is particularly enthusiastic about helping internationally trained professionals with employment preparation before they land in Canada.
Marlina Ramchandran, Mentoring Coach/Employment Counsellor
Marlina co-ordinates mentoring partnerships for ‘Canada InfoNet’ pre arrival program. An avid networker and professional who believes in fostering meaningful partnerships for sustainable outcomes, she is responsible for mentor recruitment, onboarding and engagement. Marlina also supports implementation of outreach events including Virtual Connections Employment job fair. She brings with her wealth of international experience in building and scaling programs within nonprofit sector, managing outreach initiatives and digitizing stakeholder engagement through technology.
Lucy Sun, Mentoring Coach/Employment Counsellor
An immigrant herself, Lucy understands what a new immigrant is experiencing. Having worked with newcomers for more than 10 years, Lucy brings extensive experience and expertise in career and employment counselling, occupation-specific mentoring matching and job search assistance to her role. With two Master’s Degrees in the education field, Lucy applies her skills conducting research for clients with various settlement and job search needs. She is passionate about helping newcomers succeed.
Iliana Tzekova, Program Assistant
Iliana, formerly a teacher, believes that teaching allows you to continue your own journey as a student and lifelong learner. As the first point of contact for Canada InfoNet, Iliana helps participants understand the benefits of the program as an internationally trained professional, and ensures a smooth process registration process. Iliana is continually rewarded when participants realize their potential in Canada through programs like Canada InfoNet.
Ometz, located in Montreal, Quebec, provides employment, immigration, school and social services for newcomers to Canada. For Canada InfoNet, Ometz offers participants with their resume builder online resume writing course and the French language Job Search in Canada modules.
Magnet, located in Toronto, Ontario, is a not-for-profit social initiative co-founded in 2014 by Ryerson University and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to address unemployment and underemployment for youth and immigrants to Canada. As a Canada InfoNet partner, Magnet connects participants to job opportunities using their on-line job matching platform. Unique features of the platform include a dashboard showing real-time supply and demand of employment opportunities locally across Canada.
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO)
Located in Ottawa, Ontario, OCISO is the largest settlement agency in Eastern Ontario. They provide settlement and integration, multicultural counselling, act as a multicultural liaison, English language instruction and career mentorship to newcomers to Canada. For Canada InfoNet, OCISO arranges mentors and facilitates occupation-specific mentoring in both English and French.
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)
TRIEC believes that when immigrants prosper, we all do. They help employers make the most of the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) culturally diverse workforce, and immigrants connect to employment that fully leverages their skills and talents. TRIEC does this by partnering with organizations from across all sectors in the GTA, because they believe a collaborative approach achieves the greatest impact. TRIEC delivers the Getting Hired In Canada and Achieving Success eLearning components of Canada InfoNet to participants through the TRIEC Campus while engaging employers in the program through webinars, online mentoring and connections to immigrant talent.
Planning for Canada
Funded by the Government of Canada, Planning for Canada is a free pre-arrival service that helps economic and family class immigrants prepare for life in Canada. Planning for Canada provides information, resources, and contacts to help immigrants succeed in Canadian workplace and community.
Planning for Canada offers:
- Full-day sessions focused on what you need to know and where to find more information
- Personalized planning sessions on your career and settlement goals
- Connections to key Canadian organizations for additional pre-arrival guidance and support
- Access to specialized online information sessions
Planning for Canada refers its clients to Canada InfoNet for additional pre-arrival employment supports.