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 CanPrep, JVS Toronto manages the overall delivery of services and staff team, along with providing online mentoring through CanadaInfoNet.
Our CanPrep team
Sharvari Jois, Manager, CanPrep
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 CanPrep 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 CanPrep 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 CanPrep 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 CanPrep 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.
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 CanPrep, 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 CanPrep.
Ometz, located in Montreal, Quebec, provides employment, immigration, school and social services for newcomers to Canada. For CanPrep, 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 CanPrep 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 CanPrep, 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 CanPrep 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 CanPrep for additional pre-arrival employment supports.