Pre-Arrival Program

The National Connector Program is a simple yet highly effective Internationally Trained Professional (ITP) retention program that connects businesses and organizations in communities across Canada with ITPs looking to build their professional network, connect with career opportunities, and find success in their chosen community.

Beginning in September 2015, the NPACP is a program that introduces economic class immigrants to the National Connector Community while they are still overseas, matching them with local employers, civil servants and community leaders who volunteer as Connectors. The goal is to empower these pre-arrival immigrants in their job search and networking skills, provide them with a crucial head-start in building their professional network, and expedite their labour market and settlement integration to Canada. In turn, potential employers are able to meet great talent in advance and connect participants to their colleagues and business communities.

Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the NPACP is a Focal Point Partner with the Planning for Canada initiative, combining the Canadian Immigration Integration Program and Canadian Orientation Abroad. With offices in China, India, the Philippines and the United Kingdom, Planning for Canada officers are mandated to serve immigrants worldwide in their final stages of immigration, and who will become permanent residents upon landing in Canada. 


The NPACP receives referrals for immigrants who meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education
  • Have strong English language skills (preferably minimum CLB 6 in all 4 skill areas
  • Have the legal ability to work in Canada
  • Have a sincere intention to seek professional networks and jobs within designated areas of the National Connector Program
  • Are employment ready (have worked with an employment counsellor and/or are familiar with the typical Canadian job search and workplace cultural norms)

The NPACP process after receiving direct referrals based on the eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Conduct a virtual (e.g. Skype) pre-screen interview to confirm the applicant's suitability for the program, and discuss their industry experience in order to find suitable connections
  • Provide online advisory services tailored to the participant's needs
  • Match the client with the Connector communities of interest, and connect them with the corresponding local Connector Program coordinator(s) through a virtual meeting
  • If timing allows, arrange for the client to meet with one local Connector through a virtual meeting (more connections will be made once the client arrives in their chosen city)


  • Halifax, NS
  • Charlottetown, PE (extends to include the entire province)
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Kingston, ON (Also serving Timmins)
  • North Bay, ON
  • Calgary, AB
  • Edmonton, AB
  • St. John's, NL

for more information, please contact:

Lisa Abramowicz
Business Development
National Pre-Arrival Connector Program

(902) 490-6435
email Lisa