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Mentorship Program

Immigrant professionals who participate in the Mentorship Program will be connected to career mentors in their field through one-on-one and group sessions.

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Program Information

Our Mentorship Program connects established local professionals with internationally-trained professionals who are looking to expand their knowledge and build their career in Canada through the contribution of a minimum of 10 hours over the course of a three-month mentorship relationship.

As a newcomer to Canada, it can be an eye-opening experience moving to a new country. In many cases, restarting your career presents even more challenges. We understand the need for immigrant professionals to connect with those in their field who have experience working in Canada in order to build their professional network.

We believe that newcomers to Canada possess vital international experience which we call the "international advantage". These skills have the ability to cultivate excellence in our community while mentors play a vital role in exploring and shining light on these skills.

How do I get started?

If you are a Canadian professional who is looking to offer your support or insight, or a newcomer looking to build your career in Canada, please follow these five steps.

Step 1 – Complete the registration form.

If you wish to register as a newcomer professional (mentee), you must complete this form.

If you wish to register as volunteer career professional (mentor), you must complete this form.

Step 2 – Introductory Meeting

We will meet with you virtually to go over your application and learn more about you.

Step 3 – Wait for your match.

Based on the information you provide, we will find a suitable match with an individual who shares your professional background.

Step 4 – Meet your match

We will hold an introductory meeting to meet your match and discuss your goals and benchmarks.

Step 5 – Monthly Progress Reports

We will review your brief monthly progress reports and make adjustments as needed to ensure the success of the match.

If you have any questions, please contact our Mentorship Coordinator.

Services We Offer
  • One-on-one mentorship match with a career professional
  • Career Needs Assessment
  • Virtual group sessions on a variety of career-related professional topics
  • Resume and portfolio review assistance by a mentor
  • Career guidance by a mentor
  • Workplace mentorship placements (when possible due to COVID-19)
  • Large scale networking events (when possible due to COVID-19)
  • Speed Mentoring (when possible due to COVID-19)
  • Networking through Sport (when possible due to COVID-19)

Due to COVID-19, we are offering services virtually.

Become a Mentee

You’ve finally arrived in Canada. Welcome!

You have brought along your education, skills and great international work experience but you are lacking a professional network in Canada.

It is normal to have questions such as:

  • How can I use my skills?
  • How do I find a job in my field?
  • Where are positions advertised?
  • Do I need a license or extra certification?
  • Does my resume meet Canadian standards?

A mentor can help you answer these questions – and more. By talking to a mentor who shares your professional background and knows how the local labour market works, you can get a head start on your journey to restarting your career in Canada.

Through these connections, you as a newcomer professional (mentee) will learn about:

  • Canadian Workplace Culture
  • Licensing and Certification Process (as needed)
  • Leadership, Group Facilitation, and Confidence Building
  • Developing a local Canadian Professional Network
  • Understanding Canadian Industry Trends
  • Finding ways to leverage international skills and experience
  • Researching for suitable employment opportunities
  • and more!

The following are the details to participate in the Mentorship Program as a newcomer professional (mentee):

- You meet the eligibility requirements (immigration status)

- You agree to commit to a minimum of 10 hours over the course of a three-month mentorship relationship

- If you agree to the above, you must fill out the Mentee Application Form

- You must send your resume to the Mentorship Coordinator

- Once the above is complete, you will participate in an introductory meeting with the Mentorship Coordinator

- You will be matched with a career mentor in your field or a similar field in an introductory meeting

- A mutually agreed upon schedule between mentor and mentee will be decided and goals created

- Due to COVID-19, all matches and mentorship meetings will be held virtually

- Meetings can take place over Zoom, by phone, or communication through email

- You will track your progress and offer any comments or questions by filling out the Mentorship Reporting Form once a month

Become a Mentor

Mentors are leaders.

They give back to their professional communities. They coach people to achieve their full potential, and work effectively with people of all different backgrounds and experiences in today’s diverse workplace. Giving just 10 hours of your time over three months could help change someone’s life.

Career professionals who participate in the Mentorship Program as mentors will be connected to newcomer professionals in their field or a similar field.

Through these connections, career professionals (mentors) will benefit in many ways such as:

  • Expanding your global perspective
  • Give back to your community
  • Acquire leadership experience guiding mentees through their career questions
  • Learn about different cultures and experiences
  • Acquire experience in confidence building and group facilitation
  • Expanding your local professional network
  • Finding ways to leverage international skills and experience
  • and more!

The following are the details to participate in the Mentorship Program as a volunteer career mentor:

- You meet the eligibility requirements

- You agree to commit to a minimum of 10 hours over the course of a three-month mentorship relationship

- If you agree to the above, you must complete the Mentor Application Form

- You must send your resume to the Mentorship Coordinator

- Once the above is complete, you will participate in an introductory meeting with the Mentorship Coordinator

- You will be matched with a newcomer professional (mentee) in your field or a similar field in an introductory meeting

- A mutually agreed upon schedule between mentor and mentee will be decided and goals created

- Due to COVID-19, all matches and mentorship meetings will be held virtually

- Meetings can take place over Zoom, by phone, or communication through email

- You will track your progress and offer any comments or questions by filling out the Mentorship Reporting Form once a month

There is no expectation that a mentor will find a job for their mentee.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible as a newcomer professional (mentee), you must be one of the following immigration categories:

  • Permanent Resident
  • Landed Immigrant
  • Intend-to-Land
  • Approved PR application
  • Convention Refugee
  • Live-in Caregiver
  • Additional Requirements: A minimum level of English CLB level 4 (CLB: Canadian Language Benchmark)
  • Willingness to commit to a minimum of 10 hours over the course of a three-month mentorship relationship

To be eligible as a volunteer career mentor, you must possess the following:

  • 2+ years Canadian work experience
  • Willingness to commit to a minimum of 10 hours over the course of a three-month mentorship relationship
  • Willing to share information, resources, and experiences
  • Passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Knowledgeable about your field and the Canadian workplace
  • Assist the newcomer professional in expanding their professional network
Frequently Asked Questions

What's my role as a mentee in the program?

As a mentee, you are responsible for your own job search and being an active participant in the mentoring relationship. This includes making sure you keep in touch regularly with both your mentor and the Mentorship Coordinator throughout the program. You are expected to act on advice and connections provided by your mentor.

Will my mentor find me a job?

The mentor’s role is not to find their mentee a job. Their role is to offer advice and guidance while expanding your professional network. Mentors can provide you with guidance on how the hiring process works in many companies, and may be able to help you prepare for an interview. They will be able to discuss with you the differences between hiring processes in this country and in other countries you have lived in. They will help you understand work culture in Canada and more.

How long is the mentoring relationship?

The time commitment is a minimum of 10 hours during a three-month span. However, you and your mentor will decide how many hours you spend together each week or month. In addition to your meetings with your mentor, you are expected to conduct job search activities throughout the period of the mentoring relationship.

How do I meet my match?

Due to COVID-19, all our matches will be facilitated virtually. This can be done through Zoom, email, or by phone.

How can I make the most out of my mentoring relationship?

Open communication is the key to any good relationship. Throughout your time with your mentor/mentee, you should be speaking to them about whether or not you are fulfilling the goals you both set out at the beginning. You are also asked to complete the Mentorship Reporting Form once a month.

How do we define success?

Success means different things to different people, therefore we choose to define success by allowing both the mentor and mentee to set out clear goals right from the beginning of the match which serve as benchmarks for the duration of the mentorship. We believe finding the right match based on similar career paths, experience, and educational backgrounds is crucial to the success of the match. We also believe open communication is very important in order to express your desires and reach your goals.

How do I register?

If you wish to register as a newcomer professional (mentee), you must complete this form.

If you wish to register as volunteer career professional (mentor), you must complete this form.

Interested in this program?

Please contact a team member for more information.

Mentor Application Form
Mentee Application Form

Resources

Supporting your Mentee to Overcoming Roadblocks

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Coaching your mentee for their job interview

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Mentoring Basics for Mentors

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Charity Village Job Search

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Sample Agenda for Mentorship Meetings

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Facilitating Networking Opportunities for your Mentee

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Community Connections

Community Connections brings together newcomers to Canada and established community residents for sharing and learning.

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Employment Services

As a newcomer to Canada, you may have questions about job searching and what you can do to find the job of your choice. The Job Search Workshop Program is available on-line and in-person; our team of specialists understand the job search needs of people new to Canada. We succeed when you succeed!‍

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English as a Second Language Classes

Our centre offers full time Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction for adults of varying levels of language ability. Our LINC/ESL program facilitates students’ social, cultural and occupational integration into Canadian life.

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Mental Health

Our Bridging Barriers to Newcomer Mental Health program provides mental health support to newcomers in Niagara who are experiencing language and other social barriers to accessing mainstream mental health services.

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Mentorship Program

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Settlement Services

The Settlement Department assists newcomers to meet their immediate and longer-term settlement needs, including information and orientation to the community, referrals to community and social services, solution-focussed counselling and assistance with settlement plans.

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Skills Training Programs

Enhance your knowledge and upgrade your skills in a variety of topics including Workplace Health and Safety, Small Business Basics, Customer Service and more.

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Youth Services

The youth program offers several opportunities for newcomer youth age 13 to 24 to get connected to the community.

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Our Mission

We celebrate and promote cultural, social and economic inclusion and well-being of all immigrants and newcomers.

Our Vision

We are a gateway to equitable, respectful and welcoming communities for immigrants and newcomers in Niagara.

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