New Immigrants! Would you like an employed Canadian professional in your own field to meet and guide you once a week or two weeks with industry insights, job search tips and networks / referrals for information interviews?

A proud partner in The Mentoring Partnership

Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre is a proud partner with The Mentoring Partnership, which pairs skilled immigrants with mentors in their professional field. Run by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), the program is delivered by organizational partners and community agencies across the GTA. Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre and our fellow service delivery partners recruit mentees and mentors and provide coaches to support both sides through the mentoring relationship.

Mentees in the program receive advice and support from their mentors on preparing for the Canadian labour market 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

 Mentees ​ Mentors
  • 97% of mentees reported being satisfied with their mentoring experience
  • 95% said they gained a better understand 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 have 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 networking with other professionals

To become a mentee, you must:

  • have lived in Canada for less than three years and have limited or no Canadian work experience in your profession OR have re-engaged with your profession through academic training or bridging within the past 2 years
  • have the English skills required to perform effectively in the workplace
  • have at least three years of international work experience in your area of expertise
  • have achieved at least a bachelor’s degree – or equivalent post-secondary education – from outside of Canada
  • be eligible to work in Canada
  • be currently unemployed or underemployed i.e. not working in your field of expertise
  • be actively seeking work in your field​

All potential mentees must meet with a coach to sign up with a service delivery partner and be screened for eligibility for the program.

To become a mentor you must have:

  • worked in your field for at least three years in Canada
  • a combination of industry knowledge and business experience
  • active links to professional associations and business networks
  • recent experience in your occupational field

Mentors commit to a total of 24 hours over four months. Meetings can be in person, online, over the phone and can include referrals for information interviews. To learn more or ask questions about how to become a mentee or a mentor with The Mentoring Partnership, please contact Priyanka Mahapatra, Mentoring Coach,

Tel:  905-624-2442 Extn 224  email:

For more information on the program, visit