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Pathways to ICI

Programs to help address employment shortages with skills development and training for growth management.

Part of the Employment Ontario network

What is the Pathways to ICI Program?

The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) with funding from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) has developed the Pathways to ICI Program to:

New Entrants Bridging Program

What is the New Entrants Bridging Program

The Bridging Program is focused on attracting new graduates and newcomers who are interested in exploring the career paths of Project Manager and Site Supervisor roles in construction, starting with training and an opportunity for paid work placement as a Project Coordinator or similar.

How does the New Entrants Bridging Program Work - Why Apply


  • Participants receive in-class and virtual training targeted to bridge the knowledge and competency gaps for new graduates and newcomers, helping participants find success to start a career in construction.
  • Sessions include: Introduction to the Construction Landscape, Health and Safety, and Soft Skills Development focused on construction-specific scenarios.

Potential for Paid Work Placement:

  • *Work placement is not guaranteed through competitive interview process.

Project Coordinator / Field Coordinator or similar responsibilities could include:

  • Be actively involved in the coordination of a project;
  • Assist the Project Manager and/or Site Supervisor in daily tasks;
  • Work with shop drawings;
  • Ensure the follow-up of site directives;
  • Prepare change notices;
  • Follow up on technical communications

Eligibility for the Program

You are eligible to apply to the Pathways to ICI program if you are:

  • A new graduate with a post-secondary degree or diploma who is interested in working in the construction industry (construction related education and experience is an asset but not required)  OR
  • A newcomer with less than 5 years in Canada who is interested working in the construction industry. Construction related education and/or experience outside of Canada is required.
  • Able to commit to the Training Session Schedule (every Wednesday evening from 7:00pm – 9:00pm starting August 2023 until February 2024).
    Note: Sessions will be in person at the OGCA Office (180 Attwell Drive) with some virtual sessions
  • Eligible to legally work in Canada (work permit, SIN card, etc.)
  • Valid G Ontario Driver’s License and access to vehicle
  • Reside in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) – in-person training and work placement opportunities will be located in the GTA
  • Excited to Explore a Career Path in Construction!

Examples of Construction & Related Fields:

  • Construction Management
  • Project Management
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Architecture
  • Planning (Urban, Community, Environmental)
  • Skilled Trades
  • And more!

Application - Application Window is Now Closed

Thank you for your interest in the New Entrants Bridging Program.

We are no longer accepting applications as all the spots have been filled.

Thank you.

On-the-Job Upskilling Toolkits & Train-the-Trainer Program

What is the upskilling toolkit?

Develop On-the-job Upskilling Toolkits & Train-the-Trainer Program for existing employees, specifically Project Managers and Site Supervisors, to support individual growth, strengthen employee retention and foster succession planning.

How to Participate

For more information on the Toolkits for Project Managers and Site Supervisors or to participate in the Train-the-Trainer Program please contact:

Women In Construction Program

What is the Women in Construction Program?

This Program focuses on women in construction, specifically, understanding why women are not choosing construction as a career path, have chosen to leave the construction industry, as well as identify the challenges women who are currently working in construction face. Through interviews, focus groups, surveys and industry information we will collect and analyze the data to create an industry report. We will use the findings and the report to then work with employers and women who are currently working in construction to develop and pilot a Program and Toolkit. The Program will identify and create growth and leadership opportunities for women currently working in construction, with the ultimate intent to attract more women to the industry by demonstrating real growth and development paths.

How To Participate

To participate in the Focus Group, Interviews or Surveys that will help to inform the development of the Program and Toolkit, please contact:

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