Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) helps new immigrants prepare for their Canadian job search while still in their home countries.

With SOPA, you will arrive prepared to find and retain a job through:

  • Free online courses on job search and workplace culture.
  • Settlement resources.
  • Personalized planning and coaching.


Interact directly with our staff and access free online facilitated and self-directed employment and workplace communication training prior to your arrival. 
By participating in SOPA, you will arrive in Canada better prepared, more confident, and will enter the workforce sooner.




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Online Courses

The following free online courses are offered through SOPA:

pdf  Job Search Strategies (facilitated)

In this highly interactive facilitated course, participants learn and practice skills which will make them more competitive for positions in the Canadian labour market. Participants will become familiar with job search methods and resources, including networking; create resumes and cover letters, and prepare for job interviews .

pdf  Soft Skills: Complex Conversations (facilitated)

Soft Skills: Complex Conversations offers you the opportunity to learn how to manage complex conversations in the Canadian workplace. You will learn how to give and receive constructive feedback and how to negotiate in the Canadian workplace.

pdf  Soft Skills: Workplace Communication (facilitated)

Soft Skills: Workplace Communication offers you the opportunity to learn about two key types of workplace communication: presentations and meetings. In this course, you will learn how to plan and deliver a successful presentation and actively take part in meetings both as a leader and participant.

pdf Soft Skills: Social Interactions  (facilitated)

Soft Skills: Social Interactions offers you the opportunity to learn about the importance of small talk and networking in the Canadian workplace. In this course, you will learn about the role of small talk in the Canadian workplace, explore the importance of networking and develop your personal networking pitch.

pdf  Soft Skills: Working with Others (facilitated)

In this facilitated course, through video and other media, participants learn communication strategies and acquire tools required for success in Canadian workplace interactions. Topics include networking, negotiating, working with others, and conflict management.

pdf  Canadian Workplace Integration (self-directed)

This self-guided course provides information about adapting to Canadian workplace culture. Topics include how to adapt, the importance of communication styles, how to expand soft skills, using cultural communication, working with differences, and understanding power dynamics.

pdf   Working in Canada (self-directed)

This self-guided course provides critical information about working in Canada. Topics include workplace orientation and protection, organizational culture, employment contracts, taxes, pay, and written and unwritten workplace rules.

pdf  Introduction to Business in Canada (self-directed)

Introduction to Business in Canada is an introductory course that will give interested SOPA clients an overview of what they need to know to start a business in Canada.

pdf  Job Search Strategies Express (self-directed)

Job Search Strategies Express provides an opportunity for immigrants to get preliminary information about the job search process in Canada. Clients will read about skills which make them more competitive for positions in the Canadian labour market. Participants progress through the topics listed below. Each unit covers a different topic and involves additional learning resources.

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To be eligible for and able to complete SOPA courses, participants must:

  • Currently living outside of Canada
  • IRCC approval to immigrate to Canada
  • IELTS score of 5.5 or higher
  • Access to a computer and high speed internet




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