Improving Bridging Programs: Compiling Best Practices from a Survey of Canadian Bridging Programs

01/16/2008

This paper provides an examination of the need for bridging programs in Canada, how they function, and how they might be improved.

Economists, policy makers, and immigrant service providers point to both the societal need for skilled immigrants, and the poor economic outcomes immigrants to Canada currently endure. The poor economic outcomes are often the result of the underutilization of the skills of immigrants, which costs Canada over $4 billion annually.1 Finding better ways to bridge the skills of immigrants acquired abroad to the Canadian workforce is an essential remedy to this problem.