New Bridge Training Program Launches for Internationally Trained Environmental Professionals

    -Toronto and Region Conservation Launches Mentoring to Placement for
    Environmental Professionals (M2P) Program-

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - In today's tough economy, finding meaningful
employment can be a difficult task for internationally trained professionals
new to Canada. To help remove barriers faced by newcomers, Toronto and Region
Conservation (TRCA) is launching the Mentoring to Placement for Environmental
Professionals (M2P) Program. The program is funded by the Ministry of
Citizenship and Immigration, Ontario Government as part of its investment in
bridge training programs throughout the province.
    "Ontario's investment in internationally educated environmental
professionals will help them get the experience and knowledge they need to
work in Ontario. That means a better and safer environment for our families
and future generations," said Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Michael
    The M2P Program targets the environmental sector and offers a mentorship
component followed by a three to 12 month paid work placement for 40
internationally trained environmental professionals in the fields of
environmental planning, terrestrial or aquatic biology, ecology, or green
building technologies. Application dates are August 31 until October 5, 2009.
For more information about the application process please visit our website at
    "Toronto and Region Conservation has been providing green jobs for more
than 50 years, and we've found that there is a current skills shortage," said
Marisa Iorfida-Sdao, Sr. Project Manager, Volunteerism and Diversity at TRCA.
"There's an untapped pool of talented internationally trained environmental
professionals out there with diverse skills in their field, but their lack of
Canadian experience and networks are common barriers for finding a job in
their field. The workshops and mentoring relationship will allow the
participant to get the support and guidance from environmental professionals
who can then help them improve their local knowledge, build new networks and
open doors to employment opportunities where they can make a valuable
contribution to their field."
    The program is led by TRCA through its Environmental Volunteer Network
(EVN) and offers three main components: a mentorship, technical and soft
skills workshops, and a three to 12 month paid work placement with a host
organization. Since 2002, TRCA has been working to assist thousands of
newcomers arriving in Toronto each year adjust to a new country and locate a
position in the environmental sector through a variety of programs including
the Professional Access and Integration Enhancement Program for Environmental
Engineers and the EVN.
    Eligibility criteria for the M2P Program includes: a minimum of a
bachelor's degree in their field, and three years relevant work experience
outside of Canada. For a complete list of criteria please go to: The M2P Program is delivered in partnership with Skills
for Change and ACCES Employment Services.

    Toronto and Region Conservation

    With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)
helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our
vision is for The Living City(R), where human settlement can flourish forever
as part of nature's beauty and diversity. For more information, call
416-661-6600 or visit us at

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For further information: For media information, contact: Rowena Calpito,
Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation, Tel: (416)
661-6600 ext 5632, E-mail:

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