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Regional Spotlight: Toronto

Monday December 12, 2016 | by WES Global Talent Bridge

Toronto city skyline at night

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the fourth largest in North America, trailing only Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is made up of over 20 cities that have been divided into four regional municipalities (Halton, Peel, York, and Durham), and Toronto is at the center of it all. With a population of 2.8 million people, of which half are immigrants speaking over 140 languages and dialects[1], Toronto is renowned the world over for its diversity. No matter your age, interest, or culture, the GTA offers events, celebration, and festivities for you to enjoy throughout the year.

Toronto is one of the top destinations in the world for post-secondary education—its four universities and four colleges have an average of 24,000 students enrolled annually.

Here are a few programs and services available in the GTA for skilled immigrants:

  • Bridging ProgramsFunded by the Ontario Government, bridging programs help skilled immigrants gain the missing skills, knowledge, and experience to gain entry into the Canadian labour market quicker. For additional bridging programs, check your local college and university.
  • Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT)Having great communication skills is key to landing a job in Canada. Register for free OSLT programs in your field to learn sector-specific terminologies, increase your employability, and more.
  • Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs): Access the PINs network to connect with other skilled immigrants who are in the same profession to gain knowledge and tips on how to leverage your skills and abilities in Toronto.
  • Immigrant ServicesFind the closest organization that can provide free one-on-one support: employment preparation, skills and language training, settlement support, etc. Through this service, you can also connect with other services that can support your direct needs.


WES Global Talent Bridge is a program dedicated to helping skilled immigrants fully utilize their talents and education in the United States and Canada. Global Talent Bridge joins with institutional partners and community organizations to help skilled immigrants leverage their training, achieve their professional goals, and contribute their talents to their full potential.