The Mentoring Partnership at George Brown College

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The program is targeted to eligible immigrants who are actively seeking work in their field. Through a one-on-one professional connection with a Mentor, Mentees gain valuable insights into the labour market, access to professional networks and finding work in the GTA. Meanwhile, volunteer mentors give back to their professional community while gaining valuable leadership experience, cross cultural communication skills and professional development opportunities.

What mentors and mentees say about the impact of the program



  • 97% of mentees reported being satisfied with their mentoring experience
  • 95% said they gained a better understanding of the Canadian work environment.
  • 92% of mentees report they are better prepared for employment in their profession
  • 92% of mentees feel their resume better reflects their skills and qualifications


  • 98% of mentors report being satisfied with their mentoring experience
  • Over 90% of mentors reported they gained enhanced leadership and coaching skills as well as developed their cross-cultural communication skills
  • Mentors gain access to free professional development sessions and opportunities to network with other professionals

Who can be a Mentee?

Mentees must:

  • have lived in Canada for less than five years and have limited or no Canadian work experience in their profession OR have re-engaged with their profession through academic training or bridging within the past two years
  • have the English skills required to perform effectively in the workplace
  • have at least two years of international work experience in their areas of expertise
  • have achieved at least a bachelor’s degree – or equivalent post-secondary education – from outside Canada
  • have permanent residence status
  • be currently unemployed or underemployed, i.e. not working in their field of expertise
  • be actively seeking work in their field

How the Mentee Benefits:

  • gains a better understanding of the Canadian workplace and industry trends
  • develops more effective job search strategies
  • builds a local professional network
  • identifies ways to leverage experience and skills

Who Can be a Mentor?

Mentors must have worked in their field at least three years and have a combination of industry knowledge and business experience. They should have active links to professional associations and business networks.

Mentors Support Mentees in:

  • understanding the Canadian context of their profession and workplace culture
  • sharing information on their industry and occupation
  • developing their professional networks and job search strategies

How the Mentor Benefits: 

  • enhances leadership and coaching skills
  • develops cross-cultural communication skills
  • gains a better understanding of the skills and experience that immigrants bring
  • becomes more aware of the job market and industry trends

The Mentoring Commitment

Mentors and Mentees commit to a total of 18 hours over three months. Meetings can be in person, online, over the phone and include referral meetings.

Contact and Funders/Partner Information

If you are interested in registering as a Mentee or becoming a Mentor for the program please contact The Mentoring Partnership Coach at George Brown College:
416.415.5000 ext. 2490
The Mentoring Partnership at George Brown College is a collaboration between Career Services, The School of Immigrant and Transitional Education and the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

The Mentoring Partnership is a Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) program.

TRIEC creates and champions solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants in the Greater Toronto Region labour market. To learn more visit the TRIEC website 


Program Funders

The Mentoring Program Funders: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Govt_ of Ontario, Manulife Financial

Funding Partner

The Mentoring Program Funding Partner: TD Bank

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