Newcomers

Foreign credentials assessment

CIBC is committed to removing barriers to employment for newcomers to Canada by partnering with World Education Services (WES), a not-for-profit credential evaluation service. WES works to integrate newcomers educated in foreign countries into professional settings by determining the Canadian equivalency of their credentials.

We encourage all internationally trained applicants to have their academic credentials evaluated early in the recruitment process. To see a list of agencies offering similar services in Canada, please visit the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

Language training and assessments

Your ability to communicate your strengths and to provide strong examples of previous related experiences is essential to a successful interview. Various services are available to ensure your knowledge of the English language is business ready.

The Canada Language Council is responsible for guaranteeing the quality of English and French language programs in Canada. Before signing up for a language course, review the Councilís list of approved programs. You can also visit the Government of Canadaís list of language instruction centres for newcomers to Canada.

Organizations to help you

Many agencies are available to help newcomers. These agencies can provide career advice, assist you in securing employment and help you to get job ready. To see a list of agencies in your local community, visit Citizen and Immigration Canada.

Skills International is an online resumé database that brings together pre-screened, internationally trained individuals with employers who need their skills. Skills International works with community agencies to help job-ready immigrants find secure employment in their field. Locate agencies in your region that can help you register with Skills International.

Mentoring

Mentors are people with business knowledge and experience that are well established in their careers. Mentors set learning goals and help to create an action plan, while encouraging the growth of skills and attitudes to promote career development.

The Mentoring Partnership is an alliance of community agencies that offer occupation-specific mentoring to skilled immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area. Qualified candidates generally have the language, knowledge and business experience to succeed in the workplace, but need help getting their foot in the door. To learn more, visit The Mentoring Partnership. You can also ask your local agencies about mentoring programs available in your region.