Ontario has rolled in a new law requiring all workers in the construction industry to have ‘Working at Heights’ certification.
For newcomers to Canada, there can be barriers to accessing this training. IWC has stepped in the gap – offering the training as part of the WorkLINC Construction Industry program – preparing newcomers for work in their field.
For many newcomers to Canada, building a life in a new country is full of anticipation and opportunity, but also challenge and obstacle. For immigrants who left behind an established life in their home country, starting from scratch can be daunting: learning a new language, understanding a new workplace culture, building a community, and searching for employment. The list is long.
In her home country of Vietnam, Diep Nguyen had a career she loved. She worked for the federal government in the Ministry of Health, a job she worked hard to achieve.
Mohamad Alshami is a professional welder from Syria – and is ready to launch in the Hamilton workforce. He’s worked for 10 years doing oil pipeline welding and heavy equipment repair. He comes from a long line of welders – his father was a welder, his grandfather was a welder – his great grandfather too. Their family business that was once very successful – is now in ruins.
It’s been eight months since Magda Wierzbicka opened the doors to The Café, a cozy café in Hamilton’s Crown Point neighbourhood. While it serves an array of loose leaf teas, baked goods, and steaming coffee – regulars are coming for more than just to fill their palate.
It’s only been four months since Fadi Al Kanakri and Hazem Alkanakri arrived in Canada as Syrian refugees. For Emad AlKarri, just seven months. Today, Hamilton is their home.
Restaurant owner. Electrician. Welder. Cook. Plumber. Carpenter. These are the titles newcomers in the Immigrants Working Centre’s new five-week WorkLINC program carry with them, many who came to Canada as refugees from Syria just months ago.