Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the PAIE Program, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Ontario, Canada
  • Applicants include naturalized Canadian citizens, permanent residents, convention refugees and refugee claimants eligible to work in Ontario.
  • Individuals with a 900-series SIN and an open work permit who have received preliminary approval from the federal government and are waiting for their permanent residence status to be finalized are eligible to apply.
  • Must have international work experience in an occupation served by the PAIE Program (see full list below).
  • No Canadian work experience in your field. * 
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Assessment at a minimum of Level 7 in all four skills areas (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening) obtained within the last 12 months.
  • Must be internationally trained with a minimum of an undergraduate degree or college diploma obtained outside of Canada and related to one of the professions served by the PAIE Program (see below).
  • Job search goals must match the area of specialization of your international work experience.

* If you are in a regulated profession - Engineering or Geoscience - then we accept less than 1-year of work experience in Canada, but you must not be currently employed in your field.

You are NOT eligible for our program, if:

  • you are an internationally-trained individual who has already completed post-secondary education in Canada in your professional field
  • you are currently studying full-time
  • you have a temporary foreign worker status
  • you have no post-secondary credentials in the professions served by the PAIE program (see below)
  • you are an international student
  • you are a provincial nominee

*Exception: individuals who have completed post-secondary education in Canada in occupations unrelated to their original occupation will be eligible for our bridge training program.


Please note: we have a limited number of participants that can be accepted into the program. The 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.


We serve participants with the following professional backgrounds:

Engineering / Geoscience / Planning / Ecology / Green Building / Renewable Energy

Engineering & 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 fieldwork, 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 stormwater, 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

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


Planning & Related Disciplines

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