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Welcome Home to Canada

Presented by TD Bank Group

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 continues its tradition of welcoming newcomers to Canada

The Welcome Home to Canada (WHTC) program presented by TD Bank Group is a six month employability program for new immigrants to Canada. If you are an unemployed or underemployed immigrant and facing barriers to meaningful employment this program may be an option for you.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you are:

  • A permanent resident of Canada, or
  • A Canadian citizen born outside of Canada, or
  • A protected person as defined in Section 95 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act who is legally entitled to work in Canada and Nova Scotia, and
  • Facing barriers to employment. Barriers may include non-transferable credentials, lack of Canadian work experience and linguistic barriers.

How to Apply?

The WHTC program runs once a year from April to October. Job postings are available on our website and through your employment counsellor or caseworker.

Why should you apply?

Finding meaningful work in a new country can come with multiple challenges including non-transferable credentials, lack of Canadian experience, lack of professional networks and linguistic barriers.

By participating in the six month program you will gain work experience, improve your communication skills, build and expand your professional network which will help create more career options and increase your confidence, optimism and hope about your future in Canada.

About the program

The program offers you:

  • A six month work term at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
  • Mentorship and one-on-one supervision
  • English language training through the Communications in the Workplace course offered in partnership with Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services
  • Job search, resume and cover letter writing, and interview preparation training
  • Professional development and network-building opportunities
  • Possibility of a two week work placement opportunity with a second employer
  • Opportunities to participate in a Job Fair or a networking event

Since 2004 the Museum has welcomed 150 immigrants from over 50 different countries through the WHTC program. Over 70% of participants obtain meaningful employment or further their education after successfully completing the program.

The WHTC program is made possible by TD Bank Group. Since 2004, TD Bank Group has been involved with the program, providing support to newcomers with their networking and professional development and celebrating Canada’s rich ethnic diversity

The WHTC program also receives support from community partners such as the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development, Greater Halifax Partnership, Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services, Nova Scotia Business Inc., members of the former Pier 21 Society board of directors and former program participants.

Many employers support the program by hosting program participants for work placements. Some of our most recent employer partners include the Discovery Centre, Dalhousie University’s Killam Memorial Library, Saint Mary’s University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax Regional School Board, Halifax Public Libraries, YMCA,YWCA, Kassner Goodspeed Architects and many more.


For more information, please contact
Ramya Rangalle, Human Resource Manager (Tel: 902-425-7770 ext 252).