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Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) is an Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) funded program that delivers free pre-arrival services for job readiness, success and retention.
Resources and courses are offered at no charge, these include: one-on-one orientation, job search support, employment counselling, and workplace culture training, as well as referral to a wide range of post-arrival services upon entry to Canada.
To be eligible to take SOPA courses you must:
- Live outside Canada
- Have received approval from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to immigrate to Canada. You must have one of the following documents:
- A confirmation of Permanent Residence document
- A letter notifying pick up of Canadian visa (for permanent resident applicants only)
- A request for medical examination letter
- A passport request letter
- A Canadian visa (but have not landed in Canada yet)
- An IRCC invitation letter to obtain pre-arrival services
- Have an English level (IELTS) 5.5 or higher
- Have access to a computer and high speed Internet
Arrange a free consultation with one of our staff members to help you arrive prepared to work in Canada.
Arrange a free consultation with one of our staff members to help you choose the courses that will help you arrive prepared to work in Canada.
Free Employment Counselling
Meet with a SOPA Employment Specialist for individualized one-on-one employment counselling focused on your job search!
All courses are offered free of charge to anyone who meets the eligibility requirements.
Soft Skills: Complex Conversations
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. Time required: 5-7 hours per week for 2 weeks.
Soft Skills: Working with Others
Learn about working with others and conflict management. How to work in diverse and inclusive environment, and how to manage challenging situations. Time required: 5-7 hours per week for 2 weeks.
Soft Skills: Social Interactions
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.
Time required: 5-7 hours per 2 weeks.
Soft Skills: Workplace Communication
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. Time required: 5-7 hours per 2 weeks.
Canadian Workplace Integration
Learn how to adapt, the importance of communication styles, how to expand soft skills using cultural communication, working with differences and understanding power dynamics in the Canadian workplace.
Time required: 10-20 hours.
Working in Canada
Learn about the unique characteristics of the Canadian workplace and how to integrate effectively into your field of employment in Canada.
Time required: 12-24 hours.
Job Search Strategies
Learn and practice skills to be more competitive for positions in the Canadian labour market. Time required: 5-7 hours per week for 6 weeks.
Job Search Strategies Express
Get preliminary information about the job search process and read about skills which will make you more competitive for positions in the Canadian labour market. Time required: 12-24 hours.
Introduction to Business in Canada
Get an overview of what you need to know to start a business in Canada. Time required: 12- 24 hours.
SOPA Success Stories
Watch how these clients found their dream jobs!
The SOPA program is delivered by 6 partner organizations across Canada.
British Columbia SOPA
Delivered by MOSAIC in Vancouver
Delivered by CCIS in Calgary
Delivered by RODS in Regina
Delivered by AMI in Winnepeg
Delivered by Ottawa World Skills & CCI in Ottawa
Delivered by ISANS in Halifax