Programs & Services

Employment Strategies for Individuals with International Experience

COSTI’s Employment Services for Individuals with International Experience offers a unique program to assist these individuals to find work related to their skills or professional backgrounds. Clients are given the opportunity to establish effective work search strategies while receiving ongoing support. This is an in-class pre-employment program that uses structured activities and a group support system. Participants are supported to identify mentorship, placement and employment opportunities.

This service is suitable for all newcomers in both regulated and non-regulated professions that are looking for employment. Employment Services for Individuals with International Experience are available in a two-week, or one-week intensive format. Please visit our Employment Resource Centre Workshops schedule for times and availability.

Services Available

  • Diversity and adapting to the Canadian workplace workshops.
  • Credential evaluation assistance.
  • Job search document development including: resume, cover letters and interview follow up letters.
  • Access to mentoring opportunities as well as Skills International for employer search.
  • Effective and proven job search techniques.
  • Interview preparation.
  • One-to-one employment counselling.
  • Job placement and development assistance

Staff at the Brampton location speak Abrabic, Cantonese, English, Hebrew, Hindu, Polish, Punjabi, Spanish, and Urdu. Staff at the Missisauga location speak Arabic, Assyrian, English, Hindu, Italian, Konkai, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, and Urdu.

Staff at the Toronto Caledonia location speak Amharic, Arabic, Assyrian, English, French, Ga, German, Hebrew, Italian, Oromo, Polish, Sign Language, Spanish, and Twi.

Staff at the Vaughan location speak Arabic, Assyrian, Cantonese, English, Ga, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindu, Italian, Punjabi, Romania, Spanish, Swahili, and Twi.

Who is Eligible

Services are available to all unemployed or under-employed individuals with international experience who are legally eligible to work in Canada and looking for employment.

Times

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

These locations are wheelchair accessible.

This Program is Located at:

Brampton Employment Services
10 Gillingham Drive, Suite 300
Brampton, Ontario
L6X 5A5
Phone: 905.459.8855
Fax: 905-451-4321
bramptonemployment@costi.org

Caledonia Employment Services
700 Caledonia Road
Toronto, Ontario
M6B 3X7
Phone: 416.789.7925
Fax: 416.789.3499
employ@costi.org

Jane St. Hub - Satellite Location
1541 Jane Street
Toronto, Ontario
M9N 2R3
Phone: 416.645.7575
Fax: 416.645.7580

Mississauga Employment Services
6750 Winston Churchill Blvd., Unit 8A
Mississauga, Ontario
L5N 4C4
Phone: 905.567.0482
Fax: 905.567.0144
mississaugaemployment@costi.org

Vaughan Centre
3100 Rutherford Road, Suite 102
Vaughan, Ontario
L4K 4R6
Phone: 905.669.5627
Fax: 905.669.1127
vaughanemployment@costi.org

Weston Employment Services
35 King Street , Weston Square
Toronto, Ontario
M9N 3R8
Phone: 416.588.2240
Fax: 416.244.2583
westonemployment@costi.org

There is no fee for this service.

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Related Resources

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Cross-Cultural Awareness

As more and more immigrants arrive in Canada and begin their new lives, one of their first concerns is securing employment. The significance of understanding and being aware of cultural nuances becomes paramount for both the newcomer and everyone they interact with.

Intercultural understanding is often challenging due to the differences in verbal and non-verbal communication. Some factors include misunderstandings, false assumptions, misinterpretations, discomfort at being around certain culture-specific behaviours and habits, and more importantly, lack of knowledge in how to address these concerns in an effective and sensitive manner.

Differences may be overt, such as dress code, or such as coming from a culture where taking initiative is considered aggressive. Differences can also be seen in corporate structure. In one culture, a job title may explain hierarchy within an organization. A title may also have different functions within different organizations.

Overcoming cultural differences involves awareness, knowledge, and skills.

Awareness: Being aware that your mentor may be acting or speaking contrary to your expectations simply due to their own cultural norms and language interpretation.

Knowledge: Applying your understanding of cultural differences to resolve both obvious and not so obvious culture-bound situations you may be in.

Skills: Bringing together your awareness that cultural differences exist and the knowledge that you may be acting in a culture-specific way and applying positive regard, communication and non-judgmental listening.

Recommended Reading and Online Resources

COSTI has a large library of reading, video, and on-line resources that can be accessed by you as you begin your job search. Check back soon for a full listing.

Networking Your Way To Success

Networking is your key to career success in Canada. Through networking, you will have access to information and build lasting relationships.

What is networking?

Networking means developing a broad list of contacts – people you’ve met through various social and business functions – and leveraging them in your job search. People in your network may be able to give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular company or industry, and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network.

For a person to be successful in their career in Canada, establishing and maintaining an effective network is important.

Skilled Trades Workshops Now Available!

Learn how to become a certified tradespeson in Ontario:

  • Preparing for your Certificate of Qualification


  • Fast-tracking opportunities for apprenticeship training


  • Referrals to upgrading and training, including pre-exam and pre-apprenticeship training courses


  • Skilled trades labour market information


  • Finding unionized or non-unionized employment


  • Health and safety

Obtain In-depth Information on:

  • Construction Maintenance Electrician


  • Industrial Mechanic


  • Hairstylist


  • Automotive Repair Technician

To find out more about the Skilled Trades Workshops, call 416.784.JOBS, extension 244 or 267.