Make Your Immigration Experience Your Career Advantage

With your knowledge in legal, health, government, education, social, community services, or other human service areas, plus your own immigration experience, BESIP can lead to a meaningful career serving newcomers and vulnerable populations.

The Program

BESIP provides internationally educated professionals with entry to a wide variety of positions in human/social/community services. By the end of the program, participants will have a career advancement plan to progressive positions in their field of interest. You can transfer your skills from your previous education and/or experience to a fulfilling career helping others in need.

Program Goals


  1. Help you develop an understanding of the issues faced by newcomers and immigrant clients.
  2. Help you discover professional options so you can understand how to advance in your career.
  3. Offer you an opportunity to gain real work experience in the fields of human/social/community services by connecting you with employers and with professional networks.

Program Location

Available anywhere in Ontario

Program Duration

6 Months,

including placement

Next Cohort Start Date

April 2024


Complete this form to start your process

Who Should Apply

International educated professionals with a related background who want to work in the human/social/community services sector.

Eligibility Requirements

  • International post-secondary education
  • Two years’ work experience outside Canada
  • Language proficiency (CLB 7) 
  • Interest in working with immigrants and/or vulnerable populations
  • Legal immigration status (Naturalized Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee, and Refugee Claimant with Work Permit, CUAET)
  • Residence: Ontario

“I love this program and I am meeting wonderful people. The instructors made me comfortable, and have opened my eyes to a Canada I haven’t yet seen.” ~ Akinmade


Program Components


Seneca College – Academic Partner – qualified College instructors and experts in the industry delivering two courses in the field of media. Receive a Statement of Recognition upon successful completion.

  • Classroom instruction on the Canadian media landscape
  • Professional workplace communication skills, and advanced exploration of other communications sub-sectors
  • Hands-on, supervised work placement opportunities
  • Ongoing career coaching and guidance from an employment and placement counsellor
  • Two Courses in the field of media offered by Seneca College – Academic Partner –. Receive a Statement of Recognition upon successful completion.


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