Application & Interview Process

Registration for the 2024 PAIE Program is now closed. 

Our application process is outlined below for reference and future consideration. 

Complete the electronic PAIE application form.  

While completing your PAIE Application, you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Résumé
  • Proof of valid CLB Assessment
  • Immigration Status documentation

NOTE 1: Individuals with a 900-series SIN and an open work permit waiting for their permanent residence should send us their preliminary approval from the federal government


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 

NOTE: If you have not yet completed your CLB Assessment, you may submit your IELTS or CELPIP test results as part of your application; however, you must complete and submit your CLB Assessment if you are accepted into the program. 

For more information on CLB Assessments and to book an appointment:

Permanent Residents and Protected Persons -  contact YMCA Language Assessment 
Canadian Citizens - contact Achev: Language Assessment Services

Immigration Status

You will be required to submit a copy of one of the following: Citizenship Card, Canadian Passport, Permanent Resident Card, Notice of Decision (for Refugee Claimants) or a letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada of the initial approval of your application, 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 it.  Please plan to complete your application in one sitting and have the following items/documents available when you begin:

Updated Resume

Immigration Status documentation

CLB Assessment Results (or IELTS/CELPIP results if you do not yet have this)

Credential Assessment Results (optional at time of application)*

*All PAIE participants will be required to provide their assessment results or initiate assessment of their academic credentials within 30 days of joining the program

All eligible applicants will be invited to participate in a brief interview with a PAIE team member virtually or by phone.

Applicants invited to join PAIE will be required to pay a one time program fee of $399+HST to complete their program registration. 

Once in the program, financial supports of up to $700 may be available to clients whose household income falls within the Low Income “Market Basket Measure Thresholds by MBM Region”. This threshold for the GTA is $55,262.
This financial support may be used to address temporary financial barriers to participation in the program including:
• Transportation;
• Emergency or occasional/infrequent dependent care;
• Academic credential assessment; and
• Translation of international academic documents.