Employment Programs for Newcomers in Regina - June 2023 Issue

Why an Employment Programs Newsletter?

The Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership's Newcomer Survey (2022) data identified that almost 33% of the survey respondents were not aware of local employment programs to help them prepare for work or to find a job. 

In response to this identified information gap, the RRLIP's Labour Market Working Group has committed to collaborating on the development of this newsletter resource, to raise awareness about the employment program supports available to newcomers. In each quarterly newsletter, you will learn about local employment programs and how to access them.

This newsletter is developed in partnership and collaboration between the Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership (RRLIP) and its Labour Market Working Group Members: CFS Regina, Conseil économique et coopératif de la Saskatchewan (CÉCS), Regina Immigrant Women Centre, Regina Open Door Society, Regina Public Library, Sask Polytechnic, Regina Work Prep, South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre, and Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Regina Branch.

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Exciting Summer 2023 Session is Here!

Join Us and Boost Your Career!

Are you ready to take your career to new heights?

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming YESS Summer 2023 session, where you'll have the opportunity to gain valuable skills and embark on a rewarding career journey.

Introducing the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) Program! This program is designed to empower young individuals in making informed career decisions, developing essential workplace skills, and gaining valuable work experience. You must be a permanent resident, refugee, or recent citizen under 30 years old, to join this paid program.

What makes YESS even more enticing is its comprehensive structure.

With eight weeks of classroom training followed by a six-week paid work placement, you'll receive the practical knowledge and hands-on experience needed to thrive in your chosen field.

Yes, you heard that right—both the classroom training and work placement are PAID opportunities!

Think of YESS as the cousin of our renowned Career Bridging program (CBP). We're here to support you every step of the way, from helping you make crucial career decisions to equipping you with essential employment skills. Plus, by participating in YESS, you'll gain invaluable Canadian work experience, setting you up for success in the competitive job market.

Ready to seize this incredible opportunity? Applications for the YESS Program are open on an ongoing basis. Simply fill out the application form and let us guide you towards a brighter future. Before you embark on your YESS journey, we invite you to attend one of our engaging online

information sessions. Not only will you learn more about the program, but you'll also get a chance to schedule an interview. So, mark your calendars for our upcoming sessions:

Register to attend an online information session on our webpage:


Join us today and unlock a world of possibilities with the YESS Program. Your dream career awaits!

Career Link: Empowering Newcomer Immigrants with Employment 

Networking Opportunities

Career Link 2023, a highly anticipated job fair event, organized by Regina Open Door Society's Employment Services in an esteemed partnership with RBC Future Launch, was an exceptional success. On May 11, 2023, at the Queensbury Convention Centre, this in- person event provided a platform for job seekers to connect with potential employers while introducing the employer community to talented internationally trained newcomers.

To ensure our clients were well-prepared and could make the most of their time at the event, Employment Services organized a series of informative and engaging webinars leading up to the event day. These webinars equipped our clients with valuable skills and strategies for effective employer engagement, networking, resume formatting, follow-ups, communication skills, and best practices to observe during the job fair. 

The event also featured a thought provoking panel discussion exclusively for employers on the topic of "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace." This panel provided a unique platform for employers to enhance their understanding of these concepts. Esteemed panelists from RBC, Public Service Commission (PSC) Government of Saskatchewan, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) shared their invaluable insights and personal experiences, contributing to a meaningful and enlightening discussion. The panel discussion, offered during breakfast, was attended by 60 employer representatives.

The job fair showcased 33 employer booths from a wide range of industries and career paths. From established corporations to local businesses, each employer was eager to meet and engage with job seekers, offering valuable insights into their organization and exciting opportunities. The job fair buzzed with excitement as employers and job seekers engaged in lively conversations instrumental in fostering meaningful connection and opening doors to potential employment opportunities. 

The Employment Services also provided a dedicated table for the Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) team and a resource/client help area staffed by our knowledgeable team. They readily assisted clients with queries, networking tips, and resume and cover letter printing. Additionally, professional headshots were captured for job seekers empowering them to enhance their LinkedIn profiles and make a strong impression. 

Career Link achieved extraordinary success, attracting over 800 attendees. Throughout the event, our Employment Services team warmly greeted clients, assisted employers, and guided job seekers through the event. We left no stone unturned in providing quality services, familiarizing job seekers with available resources, and directing them to relevant employers based on their professional backgrounds.

As we reflect on the success of Career Link, we deeply appreciate its incredible and impactful role in bridging the gap for our clients and the community. Our entire team demonstrated unwavering commitment in connecting newcomer talent with the local employers' community. The overwhelming turnout of job seekers and the expressions of appreciation and gratitude from employers testify to the exceptional experience and quality of services we offer. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the participating employers, along with RBC, for their invaluable support in making Career Link 2023 a success. 

CFS Regina Newcomer Employment Program is a free newcomer service that supports new immigrants' successful integration into their newly found society. Our multicultural team of professionals offer top grade services to newcomer clients. From one-on-one counselling to group sessions to career planning, we work hand in hand with each client by providing tailored employment services to prepare them for the Canadian labour market. 



Our employment counselling sessions and group training sessions are tailored in house, to respond holistically to changing employment demands in the market. This enhances the probability and opportunities for our clients to quickly adapt to the new culture and learn those skills to apply in the Canadian Labour Market. 

In order to register for training programs, please email [email protected] or call 306.525.0521

For more information, consult the CFS web pagehttps://cfsregina.ca/newcomers/

Training Calendar for July Group Sessions:

Sample Sessions for July 2023

For more details, consult the

Training Calendar (left hand side of page)


Adult students can focus on the employment programs at Sask Polytech while their children are involved in these fun and educational summer camps!

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Summer Camps 2023

Sask Polytech will be offering a variety of fun and educational week-long camps in Regina this summer. Registration is now open. Space is limited! Additional camps and dates will be posted on an ongoing basis.

All camps are held at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina Campus.

Camps run from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Drop off is between 8:15 - 9 a.m.

Pick up is between 4 - 4:45 p.m.

Additional information

 Participants need to bring a water bottle labelled with their name.

 Participants need to bring a nut-free lunch.

 Lunch supervision will be provided.

Camp options exist for:

 Ages 9-12 (entering grades 4-6)

 Ages 12-15 (entering grades 7-9)

 Career exploration camp options for:

 Ages 15-19 (entering grades 10+)

Themes for the camps include:

Gearhead Automotive, Get Your Game On!, Rockin’ Robotics & Cool Coding, Camp EMS, Young Builders Sustainable Innovators - Design and Build the World of Tomorrow!, STEAM (science, technology, electronics, art and math), Summer Creators: Explore Engineering Design and Drafting Technology

Refunds and cancellations:

Refunds will be issued for camp cancellations received up to seven calendar days prior to the first day of the camp. Eventbrite fees will not be refunded. You can opt to transfer the full amount to another camp depending on space availability. No refunds or transfers will be accepted after the withdrawal deadline (Seven calendar days prior to camp start date). Eventbrite fees will not be refunded.

Contact us if you have any questions, please email [email protected] or

call 306-775-7269.


The UCC Saskatchewan Employment Liaison works closely with all displaced Ukrainians seeking work in Saskatchewan.

UCC Saskatchewan's Employment Liaison provides detailed information about the best ways of using the Saskjobs website and advises the most suitable methods to apply for jobs, starting with resume and cover letter writing and ending with advising how to prepare for job interviews.

Displaced Ukrainians can contact the Employment Liaison at: [email protected]

UCC Saskatchewan also developed an Employment Form for employers who would like to hire Ukrainians. Interested employers can fill out this online form on the UCC SK website, providing the following information - personal and contact information, available employment position, required skill set, and job location.

The Employment Form Link:


Regina Work Preparation Centre 

“Building Saskatchewan’s workforce,

One person at a time”

For 50 years, Regina Work Preparation Centre has specialized in helping people look for, find and maintain work. We will provide you with the training, resources and knowledge to help you get the job you want.

We offer services to help individuals find meaningful employment. We provide this through a variety of services like:

  • Employment counselling and case management
  • Group based employment training & work preparation
  • Computer Resource Centre
  • Work placements and job matching

If you would like to book an intake or VR Career Exploration appointment please visit:



Computer Resources Centre Workshops (Every Tuesday from 1:30-3:30pm)

No Registration Required:

Weekly topics consist of: Cover Letters, Understanding Job Descriptions, Job Searching, Interview Preparation


Other Workshops - Registration Required:

WHMIS Certificate Training – July 5th 2023

ColorsSpectrums – August 28th 2023


YOWW Group (Youth on Their Way to Work):

Walk-in Intake for group on Tuesdays from 9:30am until 11:30am; Groups starting in July, August and November


50th Anniversary Celebration

Work Prep is getting ready to celebrate 50 years building Saskatchewan’s Workforce. Join us on September 13th for the celebration. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram for more details

Website: www.workprep.ca

Location: 2020 Halifax Street, Regina

Phone: 306-757-9096

At South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre, we meet and support people with any disability, where they are today, to achieve their goals with confidence, for tomorrow. We support people with any disability, to explore options, make choices, build relationships, and take responsibility, to achieve self-identified goals through a peer support model.

At SSILC, we assist people in achieving their employment goals by working with our consumers to produce resumes and cover letters, prepare for job interviews, assist in job seeking and provide pre-employment support. We also host a wide range of courses such as Job Finding Club, Effective Communication in Customer Service, Stress Management, Online Job Interviews, Employment Assessment, and Self Management. We offer VR (virtual reality) simulations which allow you to try out over a dozen different trades positions.

A participant support fund is available, which offers up to $200.00 and allows us to cover the cost of training courses such as WHIMIS, First Aid, Serve It Right, Safe Food Handling, etc. This fund may also be used for employment equipment such as steel toed boots, gloves, hard hats etc. We can also use this fund for mental health counselling.

We offer an entrepreneur with disabilities program. This program assists people who have a

desire to have their own business or want to maintain their current business. Workshops are

offered to support consumers in: Assessing Your Business Idea, Home Based Business, Stress

Management, Change Management, Wellness, Business Plan Development, Customer Service

Leadership/Dealing with Difficult Situations and Advertising.

To access services at SSILC, we ask you to self identify as a person with a barrier to employment or a disability. Please call 306-757-7452 or [email protected] to book an intake appointment. You do not have to have a doctor’s certificate to qualify as someone with a disability.

Our upcoming courses are:

Employment Assessment July 4-6, 2023 (Half Days)

Self Management August 16-18, 2023 (Half Days)

The Regina Public Library has many resources to support small businesses, personal finances or career planning. For access to everything from one-on-one resume help to online courses in digital marketing, find more details here: https://www.reginalibrary.ca/services/business-and-careers

Examples of the courses offered by the RPL include:

Buying a Business: Introduction (Online July 6th)


Buying a Franchise Business (Online July 18th)


How to Prepare for a Successful Job Interview (Online July 27th)


Visit the RRLIP Project Website