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Settlement workers help newcomers to Canada understand their rights and responsibilities and find the programs and services they need.
Settlement workers help newcomers to Canada understand their rights and responsibilities and find the programs and services they need. You meet with clients, assess their needs and give them support and information. You may help clients make plans for employment, education, housing, health care and more. You may work for a government agency, school board, library or other community organization. You may also be called a settlement counsellor or community service worker.
Another related job is "social service worker" but to use this title in Ontario, you must be registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. This profile does not have information about becoming a social service worker.
Generally, settlement workers:
This job requires: College or University
This job requires 0 - 2 years of work experience.
As a settlement worker, you need to:
Source: Ontario Skills Passport
You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with clients and colleagues. You also need to take notes and write reports about your clients. You may need to read to your clients. For some positions you need to know 2 or more languages.
The number of jobs in the settlement sector is increasing. However, most of the funding for settlement work comes from the provincial and federal governments, so job opportunities depend on funding.
The work prospects for this job are: GOOD
The average hourly wage for this job is: C$21.75/hour.
These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.
Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.
Here is an example of a language training program:
Some college programs and bridging programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.
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