How to participate as an Internationally Trained Program Participant

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Applications for the 2014 PAIE Program are no longer being accepted. Please check back with us during our next call out in Spring 2015.   Please note: we have a limited number of participants that can be accepted into the program and selection of Program Participants is a competitive process.  We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 


PAIE is an Ontario bridge training program designed to connect employers with highly skilled environmental professionals who bring international experience and credentials in:

  • Engineering, Planning, Ecology, Geoscience

Participants will gain an increased understanding of and exposure to the environmental industry and experts in the field, with the goal of finding employment in a highly specialized and competitive sector. Participants should be prepared to attend training and workshops on a part-time basis during the day, evening and on Saturdays as required, for a period of approximately 12 months. The PAIE Program offers a variety of services to meet your individual needs:

*Participants will be assessed and an individual development plan will be identified to match the services of the program to the needs of the individual services available to PAIE Participants include:

  • Unlimited individual and group employment counseling
  • Job Search workshops targeted to your profession
  • Canadian Corporate Culture and Communication workshops
  • Technical and software workshops targeted to your profession
  • Mentoring support if required
  • Language and clear communication workshops if required
  • Opportunities to gain local experience


Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the PAIE Program, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria: Applicants are internationally trained individuals with a post-secondary degree and a minimum of 3 years of international work experience in one of the following professions and subdisciplines:

Engineering / Planning / Ecology / Geoscience


Geology and Geoscience: experience conducting geological surveys, field studies, soil/rock core samples, geochemical sampling, erosion/sedimentation analysis, contaminant identification, and geological mapping

Civil/Municipal/Water/Wastewater: with large/municipal infrastructure design, construction/field, and operation experience

Environmental: with environmental impact assessment legislation/policies/procedures, contaminated land assessment, mitigation, remediation and environmental health and safety experience

Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Groundwater: with field work, monitoring, evaluating, modeling, and development experience

Geotechnical: with earth retention, foundation support, ground improvement, and treatment experience

Surface/Storm Water Management: with modeling, field, construction, operation and maintenance, design, and site inspection experience on new, existing, and green infrastructure (LID considered an asset)

Water Resources: with surface and storm water, conservation, restoration, and management experience

Solid Waste Management: with environmental health and safety, sampling, and testing experience

Transportation/Traffic: with design, construction, operation, and repair of transportation infrastructure experience

Mechanical: with residential and commercial HVAC, BAS, and building controls experience

Energy Management: with energy audit, analysis, or modelling experience (CEM, CMVP, ISO 50001 considered assets)

Electrical: with building services design, construction, and operation experience

Power: with renewable energy generation systems design, construction, operation and/or maintenance experience

Industrial/Process/Chemical: with process improvement and energy management industrial experience

Civil, Construction and Architectural: with green building design and construction surveying, field engineering, scheduling, planning, and project coordination experience (LEED, BREEAM are considered assets)

GIS Specialists: with conservation or planning experience

Air and Emissions: with air quality field testing, emission inventories, and regulatory compliance evaluation experience



Environmental Sciences: with environmental impact assessment, environmental site assessment, soil/air quality testing, environmental/ecological monitoring, and environmental management experience

Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology: with field and lab research experience testing ecosystem functions, biodiversity, ecological processes, soil/water quality, and wildlife monitoring

Watershed Planning: with water quality monitoring, watershed management, conservation, planning and design experience

Sustainability: with experience developing sustainability policies, standards, and targets for air, water, waste, and energy systems

Environmental Education: with experience evaluating and coordinating environmental education programs

Environmental Management Systems/ISO 14001: with experience in environmental management policies, environmental strategies, sustainable development, resource conservation, and working knowledge of IS0 14001



Urban Planning & Urban Design: with planning and design experience for zoning, subdivisions, transportation and development

Environmental Planning: with planning and design experience for environmental, restoration, and conservation projects

Community Planning: with planning and design experience for community facilities, parks, zoning, subdivisions, transportation and public utilities

Landscape Design: with planning and design experience in landscape architecture and land development

Applicants include Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and Protected Persons as defined in Section 95 of the IRPA. (International students, temporary foreign workers and individuals without post-secondary credentials are not eligible)

  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • No Canadian work experience or less than 1 year working in your professional field in Canada.
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (C\LB) Assessment at a minimum of Level 7 in all skills areas. (Accepted assessments include the ELTPA, CLBA and CLBPT

Application and Interview Process

Process non-refundable payment (application fee) of $30 + HST. You will be required to enter your order number on the application form as proof of payment. Complete the electronic PAIE application form.  While completing your PAIE Application, you will be required to upload the following documents: 

  • Letter of Interest
  • Proof of CLB Assessment
  • Immigration Status documentation
Letter of Interest
  • Your letter of interest should be 1 page (maximum) and address the following questions: 
  • Why are you interested in the PAIE program?
  • What do you hope to gain from participating in this Program?
  • Why do you think you are a good candidate for PAIE?

This should be a detailed and updated, chronological resume beginning with your current or most recent employment. Be sure to include the following:  

  • All types of employment, whether or not in your field
  • All academic qualifications (exact names of degrees, certificates, etc.)
  • Professional memberships and/or designations, etc.
  • Any professional training or skills upgrading you have completed in or outside of Canada including names of institutions attended and dates.
CLB Assessment
You will need to provide proof of completion of a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment at a minimum of Level 7 in all skills areas (reading, writing, speaking, listening).  CLB Assessments must have been obtained within the last 12 months from the date of application. CLB Assessments accepted by the PAIE Program include ELTPA, CLBA and CLBPT.
For more information on CLB Assessments and to book an appointment: Permanent Residents and Protected Persons contact YMCA at (416) 925-5462
Canadian Citizens contact the Centre for Education and Training at (905) 279-0024 or overland Learning Centre at (416) 395-5080


Immigration Status
You will be required to submit a copy of one of the following: Citizenship Card, Canadian Passport, Permanent Resident Card, etc. Accommodation will be provided throughout the application process, as required. Applicants are encouraged to make their needs known in advance


Other Important Information for Applicants

You will not be able to save a draft of your application and come back to it later to complete.  Please give yourself approximately one hour to complete your application and have the following items/documents available when you begin:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Updated Resume
  • Immigration Status documentation
  • CLB Assessment Results
Your application is not complete until all documentation has been submitted and non-refundable payment of $30 has been received.
If you are eligible, you will be invited to attend a formal interview with PAIE Program staff and complete a written assessment.
If you are selected to participate in the PAIE Program, there will be a program fee of $399+HST.
If you are accepted into the program, you will be required to provide proof of professional and academic credentials and certifications, from an approved credential assessment organization (For more information on approved credential assessment services, please visit:

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is my Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) assessment valid for?
CLB assessments are valid for up to 12 months.  Therefore, the CLB Assessment results you submit with your PAIE application must not be older than 12 months from the date you submit your application.


Am I eligible for the PAIE program?
Eligibility Criteria is as follows:
  • Applicants are internationally trained individuals with a post-secondary degree and a minimum of 3 years international work experience in the following specializations or sub-disciplines: Engineering/ Planning/ Ecology/ GeoScience/ Environmental
  • Applicants include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and convention refugees. (International students, temporary foreign workers, and individuals without post-secondary credentials are not eligible)
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • No Canadian work experience or less than 1 year working in your professional field in Canada
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Assessment at a minimum of Level 7 in all four skills areas (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)


(See complete eligibility criteria section above for more detailed information)


Which language certifications does the PAIE program accept?
The CLB is the only standardized federal assessment tool that measures proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening and can reliably gauge whether the individual is functioning at the level required for our advanced and demanding curriculum and whether or not they are likely to be successful in a professional workplace environment. The PAIE Program will accept ELTPA, CLBA and CLBPT results.


How do I book an appointment to complete my language assessment?
Canadian Citizens: Contact the Centre for Education and Training at (905) 279-0024 or Overland Learning Centre at (416) 395-5080 for information and to book an appointment.
Permanent Residents and Protected Persons: Contact YMCA at (416) 925 5462 for information and to book an appointment.


Will the PAIE Program prepare me for registration with PEO, APGO and/or OACETT?
The PAIE Program does not conduct or prepare clients for confirmatory exams, nor do we provide credit hours. The PAIE program assists clients to help them secure work experience opportunities in their field that would count toward the Canadian experience requirement for licensing and certification.  We also help to clarify licensing and certification processes by offering workshops led by representatives from PEO, APGO and OACETT.


Can I pay my application fee in cash, with a cheque or money order; or using my debit card?
No.  Credit card payment is the only method of payment we accept.  If you do not have a credit card, pre-paid credit cards are available for purchase at most Canada Post, Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart locations.


If I am accepted into the PAIE Program, when will I begin my work placement?
Because work placements are driven by labour market and employer demand, readiness of individual participants for employment, and a successful match being made; this happens at different times for each participant. Final hiring decisions are made by the employers in our network and while every effort will be made to secure a work experience opportunity for all PAIE Participants, we cannot guarantee this.
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