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Services and Resources for Immigrants & New Canadians

Introducing "Skills Bridge" 

NIEFS is pleased to announce it has secured short-term funding to reduce barriers to foreign credential recognition and to create opportunities to support foreign trained workers to transition their skills to employment in their fields of education within the North Vancouver Island labour market.

The Skills Bridge Fund offers financial support with costs related to process of foreign credential recognition. The focus is to address gaps in funding not currently covered by other programming. 

Examples of the types of support available are:

  • Assessment costs
  • Language testing fees
  • Travel & Accommodation expenses required to pursue steps in credential recognition
  • Training costs related to upgrading required to secure credentials
  • Interpretation and Translation costs
  • Licensing Fees

Skills Bridge Connector Events will be held in Campbell River and Port Hardy in February of 2024 to provide venues for North Island employers to connect directly with foreign trained professionals in their industries.

Job seekers and employers can register to attend and receive event updates by email at

For More Information:

  • Contact NIEFS at 250-286-3441 or toll free 1-866-286-6788 and ask for Dianne.
  • Submit an enquiry by email to



Check out the following websites for information on Work in Canada, Canadian Work Culture, Credentials and Qualifications Recognition, Professional Sites, Associations and Sector Councils, and Canadian Language Benchmarks.


Immigrant Welcome Centre

Immigrant Employment Council of BC

Skilled Immigrant Infocentre

Canadian Immigrant

Citizenship & Immigration Canada

International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)

Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP)

Campbell River OARH Protocol