When immigrants approach CFN in Calgary, looking for employment and settlement services, they have many questions about finding work in their profession or trade, and what training programs to take. Fortunately, the Centre for Newcomers is here to help them reach their employment goals.
After a one-on-one career advice session, many internationally educated immigrants learn that they need to upgrade their skills and/or obtain a Canadian license or credential to be able to continue their careers in Canada at the same level.
Paying for training, exams and licensing can be very expensive. Even immigrants who are fortunate enough to have savings can struggle to pay for what they need to complete their processes successfully.
Luckily, thanks to the support of the CFN hundreds of immigrants are being referred to Windmill Microlending, a registered charity offering up to $15,000 in low-interest microloans to help skilled immigrants and refugees achieve professional success in Canada.
The Centre for Newcomers has been Windmill’s referral partner since 2012, and this partnership has positively influenced hundreds of newcomers. For this group, a Windmill loan gives them the opportunity to find work that makes better use of their skills, education and experience, which increases their incomes significantly. On average, clients of Windmill more than triple their incomes by the time their loans are repaid.
As client-focused registered charities, the referral partnership between the Centre for Newcomers and Windmill Microlending plays an essential role in facilitating quicker immigrant labour market integration. Both organizations will continue to work together to build community and support Alberta’s skilled immigrants to achieve professional success.