The population of Canada is often referred to as a cultural mosaic. This is because Canadians recognise that it takes a great variety of individual pieces to make one complete picture. It is this open and accepting mindset that makes Canada one of the most welcoming countries for immigrants.
Even with this accepting mindset of Canadians, immigrants to Canada do not have an easy road ahead of them as they settle into Canada. Thankfully there are an increasing number of programs for immigrants before they arrive in Canada to help them with job finding and settlement first steps.
One of the latest programs funded by Immigrant, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the Settlement Online Pre-Arrival Program (SOPA), which is delivered by MOSAIC to help immigrants get a head start on job search strategies and how to communicate professionally in a Canadian context. The program offers five free online courses for eligible people who are planning to work in Canada and have not yet left their home country.
This program and others like it can provide newcomers to Canada with exactly what they need in terms of information, useful resources and most of all, peace of mind. Checking off important steps in the immigration journey is much easier with a guide. The most crucial being the ability to find a job in Canada.
You don’t need to take it from us, Vladyslav, a Logistics Coordinator from Ukraine took part in the SOPA program and was very pleased with the outcome. Here is what he had to say:
“I decided to move to British Columbia, Canada together with my wife. I found out about Settlement On-line Pre-arrival (SOPA) from the Internet and after a quick research of the five courses offered, I decided to take the Job Search Strategies (JSS) Course. It proved to be a great way to start an effective job search and get prepared for my new life in Canada. Before starting the JSS Course, I only had a vague idea about Canadian job market, how to promote myself and use job search tools. The course provided me with useful information and gave an opportunity to learn, develop and practice my job search and interview skills.
I am pleased to share that within the two months of arrival I received and accepted a job offer for a position at ContainerWorld Forwarding Company working as a Logistics Coordinator. I am confident that I was able to achieve this goal many thanks to the Job Search Strategies (JSS) course that proves to be an effective and a must-to-do course for everyone who wants to get a well-structured and profound knowledge about job search in Canada and get completely prepared to find a job in their occupation.
I would recommend SOPA program as the first step for all new immigrants who want to achieve success in their new life in Canada. Thank you, wonderful SOPA Team, for your kind support and encouragement along with a top-notch service you provide to people!” – Vladyslav
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Am I eligible?
Now the big question is, are you eligible for the SOPA program? In order to take advantage of this great opportunity for Immigrants to Canada, you will need approval to come to Canada and an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.