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Continuing Education

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Newcomer Information

Are you a newcomer to Canada interested in gaining a Canadian education?

McMaster University Continuing Education offers a variety of programs and professional development courses to help you gain the credentials you need to succeed in your career path in Canada. If you need a helping hand with funding, you may wish to consider ACCESS Community Capital Fund or apply for a loan from Windmill Microlending.

Please find below a list of available resources:

  • Fundamental Career Development Tools
    This instructor-facilitated online course will help you understand how to interact in a variety of professional situations, and to know what is expected of them.
    Visit https://www.mcmastercce.ca/career-development to learn more.

    McMaster Student Success Centre Career Counselling
    Career counselling services through McMaster University
    Visit McMaster Student Success Career Counselling by clicking here

    YMCA Employment Services
    Employment services for unemployed and underemployed Canadians including job search, advice and training.
    Click here to visit YMCA Employment Services

    Centre for Skills Development
    Provides career and workforce development programs.
    Visit https://www.centreforskills.ca/

    Employment Ontario
    Services to help throughout the job search process. These include resources and information and job search workshops.
    Visit Employment Ontario by clicking here.
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  • Windmill Microloans

    Windmill supports newcomers who arrive with education, skills and experience but face significant barriers to employment. For many immigrants, what prevents them from entering the labour market is a lack of financial support. 

    Windmill offers low-interest, affordable career loans of up to $15,000 to help skilled immigrants and refugees pay for the costs of education and training programs, credentials, licensing and more to reach their career goals.

    To learn more about eligibility and how you can use your loan visit, please visit
     https://windmillmicrolending.org/applicants/eligibility/.

    McMaster Association for Part-Time Student Bursaries

    This bursary provides non-repayable tuition and book assistance to part-time students who demonstrate financial need and do not qualify for OSAP.
    Visit https://maps.mcmaster.ca/bursaries/ to learn more.

    ACCESS Community Capital Fund
    ACCESS Community Capital Fund is a charitable Toronto based organization which offers people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) low-interest loans to internationally-trained individuals interested in upgrading their skills or starting up a business in Canada.

    Contact ACCESS staff directly by email or telephone at 416-462-0496 to find out about the loan application and processing times. 

    ACCESS website and links:

    For more information on the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Program, visit ACCESS Community Capital Fund website

    Review the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Program flyer. 

    Part-time Canada Student Loan
    This grant is available to part-time students who are in financial need.
    Click here to learn more.

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  • Employment Hamilton
    Resources for job seekers, workers and employers with advice, grants and other services.
    Visit https://employmenthamilton.com/.

    McMaster Career Opportunities
    Search and apply for job opportunities from McMaster University.
    Visit hr.mcmaster.ca/careers/current-opportunities/.

    Welsey
    Wesley provides an exciting, stimulating and challenging working environment to a variety of employees.
    Visit wesley.ca/careers/a-career-with-wesley/.

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What is ACCESS Community Capital Fund?

ACCESS Community Capital Fund is a charitable Toronto based organization which offers people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) low-interest loans to internationally-trained individuals interested in upgrading their skills or starting up a business in Canada. 

Who qualifies for this program?

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or convention refugees, 18 or older, who are legally permitted to work in Canada, and who live in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton (GTHA)
  • People with credentials obtained outside of Canada (i.e. post-secondary academic or occupational certifications)
  • Individuals looking to get back into their profession, a related profession or pursue a new career in Canada
  • People who demonstrate financial need and are unable to obtain a loan from traditional financial institutions, through government programs such as OSAP or who do not qualify for financial assistance through McMaster University

What programs are included at McMaster Continuing Education?

  • All programs, both part-time and full-time are eligible for this loan.
  • Did you know that McMaster University Continuing Education now offers professional development programs geared to newcomers? 
  1. Professional Communication in the Canadian Workplace program will enhance your communication skills in reading, writing, listening, and presenting to effectively communicate in any business situation.
  2. Employability Skills and Cultural Fluency for the Canadian Workplace is a 12-hour short course designed to help improve your chances of finding employment in Canada as a new immigrant. 

 

What expenses can be covered with the funds?

  • Courses and exams 
  • Books and other course materials
  • Qualification assessments and accreditation costs
  • Association and professional fees
  • Professional certifications
  • Short-term bridge training
  • Living and travel costs while enrolled

How much can I borrow?

  • Funded by the Government of Canada's Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans (FCR) Program offers affordable and low-interest loans of up to $15,000 for career-related expenses with the goal of improving your employability or chances of better employment after completion of your course, certification, or training.

How do I apply?

Contact ACCESS staff directly by email or telephone at 416-462-0496 to find out about the loan application and processing times. 

ACCESS website and links:

For more information on the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Program, visit ACCESS Community Capital Fund website

Review the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Program flyer. 

Or watch the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Program video below:

 

 

 

Windmill Microlending Newcomer Loans

Windmill supports newcomers who arrive with education, skills and experience but face significant barriers to employment. For many immigrants, what prevents them from entering the labour market is a lack of financial support. 

Windmill offers low-interest, affordable career loans of up to $15,000 to help skilled immigrants and refugees pay for the costs of education and training programs, credentials, licensing and more to reach their career goals.

To learn more about eligibility and how you can use your loan visit, please visit https://windmillmicrolending.org/applicants/eligibility/.