Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, BCCA-IN facilitates the economic and social integration of immigrants approved for entry into Canada.

The BCCA-IN program can support individuals before they arrive in Canada by helping to assess skills, find information about working and living in BC, and connect with employment services and supports. Together these services maximize the opportunity for success in Canada.

Next Stop Canada – Pre Arrival Settlement Services

Next Stop Canada (NSC) is a free pan Canada online, pre-arrival settlement service delivered by the YMCA of Greater Toronto and funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This program offers youth and adult immigrants personalized information, one-on-one mentorship, and settlement resources to help individuals and families prepare for life in Canada. This includes information on employment, housing, education, health care, finance, transportation and much more. Furthermore, immigrants have access to a wealth of information delivered in various formats on the NSC platform. Such as webinars, videos, e-learning, stories, forums, and live-chat.


Support pre-departure preparation and provide targeted settlement and employment information and orientation.

Facilitating Access to Skilled Talent (FAST) is a free online employment preparation program helping incoming and landed immigrants to get a head start in their Canadian careers. Early results show that 67% of landed FAST clients get employed  in their fields within 1-4 weeks of arrival.

FAST has pan-Canadian content that offers:

  • Orientation on Canadian workplace and occupation-specific essential skills
  • Comprehensive competency skills assessment
  • Information on Canada's labour market and opportunities in targeted sectors (Skilled Trades, IT & Data Services, Biotechnology & Life Sciences)
  • Access to industry-specific designation programs for FREE:
    • BioSkills Recognition (valued at CAD$200)
    • ITP (Information Technology Professional) Designation (valued at $500)
  • Industry connections through E-mentoring
  • Focused webinars tailored to newcomers’ needs
  • Access to BC JobConnect, an easy-to-use database that links employers with skilled immigrant talent (British Columbia residents only)

Service only available in French

A nationwide program that aims to help new immigrants before they arrive in Canada to prepare for a new life. In-TAC connects newcomers with employment opportunities by providing online workshops and in person counselling via digital platforms.


Skills for Change provides learning and training opportunities for immigrants and refugees to access and fully participate in the workplace and wider community.

The Trades Win Support Program assists internationally-trained tradespersons with resources to gain licensure and employment in Ontario. 


The Canadian Employment Connections (CEC) program is a free pre-arrival employment program that prepares internationally-trained professionals to secure employment commensurate with their skills and experience either prior to landing in Canada or soon after. The program has a sector-focused approach, examining in-demand jobs across six Canadian sectors and the skills required to land these roles. There are four main components to the program: Canadian business communications; job search and employment preparation; training job search tools; sector-specific workplace communications and employment counselling; and networking and employment connections.

Program Eligibility:

  • Committed to completing the required training (Depending on how much time and effort you invest, you will need between 4 and 8 weeks of time to complete the program)
  • Approved for permanent residency in Canada
  • Currently living outside of Canada
  • Scheduled to land in Canada in one to six months
  • Minimum of one year experience in the financial services, engineering, human resources, leadership sales and marketing or supply chain sector
  • Fluent in English
  • Post-Secondary Education

Housed at the University of Ottawa’s Refugee Hub, the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) aims to mitigate the challenges of a complex and technical private refugee sponsorship application process. To make this possible, the SSP trains and coordinates pro bono lawyers and law students across the country to support Canadians who are sponsoring refugees.

If you would like to learn more or are seeking assistance with refugee sponsorship, please contact [email protected]


Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) is an Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) funded program that delivers free pre-arrival services for job readiness and retention.

Resources and courses are offered at no charge, these include: one-on-one orientation, job search support and workplace culture training, as well as referral to a wide range of post-arrival services upon entry to Canada.

The program is offered in: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador)


PASS helps pre-arrival Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) in their countries of residence who are planning immigration to Canada, offering supports and services designed to shorten the time that IENs spend from arrival in Canada to professional registration and employment. There is no cost to enroll in PASS, but IENs must have proof of graduation from a nursing school and a letter of immigration confirmation from the Government of Canada.
IENs participating in PASS have access to:

  • Individual case management for information and referrals for language, employment and settlement services upon arrival in Canada
  • Online courses providing nursing occupation-specific English language and communication training
  • Live information and orientation webinars providing an overview of the nursing registration process and the Canadian health care system
  • Live employment-related webinars equipping IENs for successful entry into the health care field
  • Mentorship connection with Canadian nurses