Job Searching for Newcomers

Newcomers to Canada need to take several steps before entering  the workforce:

  • Obtaining a Social Insurance Number (SIN): In order to work in Canada, all temporary residents, permanent residents, and citizens must hold a SIN. The application process should be a priority for all newcomers before they begin their job search.
  • Language Evaluation: If English is not your first language, you might be eligible for language instruction programs. In Chatham-Kent, Adult Language and Learning provides language instruction, ESL classes, and pre-employment programs for newcomers.
  • Accreditation: Having your educational and professional credentials recognized in Canada will help you in your search for a job.


The accreditation of your international education will help Canadian employers, educational institutions and professional licensing bodies recognize them properly. This process can begin before you come to Canada. Ontario’s authorized credential evaluation organizations are:

Access Centre's Internationally Trained Worker Loan Program (Loan Program) is a flexible line of credit to assist with covering the direct and indirect costs related to foreign credential recognition. The loan may also help with other expenses related to help achieve employment that reflects international education, skills and experience. 

The following resources can also help you get your credentials properly recognized: