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I emigrated to Canada many years ago and by personal experience I understand the challenges and difficulties in establishing in a new city. I believe information is power, therefore I have gather all these information for you to find organizations and the right people to guide you where to go and what to do in this new city of Ottawa. You will love this city as I do.

I have met amazing people and make several friends whom have become my new microwave family in Canada.

My passion for helping others have let me to become a Real Estate Agent in this city and become a local expert. Therefore, If there is anything I can help, please feel free to call me at 613 -796-2500. I will be happy to assist you and gather the information you need. Also you can send me a quick e-mail to services@raquelireta.com. For now take care and I hope this directory be useful for you.

Recognition of Foreign Credentials

Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) has a Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) program that helps internationally trained workers make a smoother transition into the Canadian workforce

The Ontario Ministry of Education has an online Guide for Foreign-Trained Trades people that explains which trades require certification and helps trades people to get recognition of their foreign qualifications and experience

You can work toward obtaining Canadian credentials through Algonquin Collegeís Integrating Immigrants to Employment (CIITE) program. CIITE helps internationally trained immigrants get training and/or upgrade their skills for entry into the Canadian workforce.
Ontario Immigration has information about recognized trades and regulated professions that may be of help to you when you arrive in Canada
The Ontario Network for International Professionals (ONIP) provides licensing and employment information for internationally trained engineers, accountants, teachers and health care professionals
Algonquin College offers a Settlement to Employment Program (STEP) that provides internationally trained workers with the support, training and experience needed to find employment in Canada
World Education Services (WES) converts educational credentials from any country in the world into a Canadian equivalent. It describes each certificate, diploma or degree that you have earned as well as their academic equivalency in Canada.

Welcome to Ottawa! There are different organizations in ottawa that assist newcomers to establish in Ottawa. Here are some of the resources that I have gathered and I hope they are useful to you.
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services OCISO
Ottawa Public Library: Need to speak English check all the material and resources available.

Language Training

The Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses assesses internationally trained nursesí English language proficiency in four skills: listening, speaking, writing and reading

If you donít speak any French or English and need advice from someone in your own language, Cultural Interpretation Services for Our Communities (CISOC) provides translation and interpretation services in more than 60 languages and dialects

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks measures second-language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), a government-run program that offers free language assessments and training referrals for adult permanent residents. You can start by contacting the Ottawa branch of LINC, the YMCA-YWCA Language Assessment and Resource Centre.

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