Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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For Mentees

Will my mentor find me a job?

No, the objective of the mentoring relationship is to prepare you for job readiness by exposing you to professional networks and advice and helping you become familiar with Canadian workplace culture. Your mentor will help guide you and provide advice in many areas, but you, with the help of your Employment Ontario agency, are responsible for your own job search.

Am I qualified for the program?

We accept mentees with the following immigration status:

  • Convention Refugee,
  • Permanent Resident, or
  • Canadian Citizen.

A participant in the mentorship program must be legally able to work in Canada and must be actively searching for employment. Participants must have obtained their highest level of education from an institution outside of Canada, and must possess Canadian Language Benchmark 7 or the equivalent.

Who are the mentors?

Mentors are individuals who are established in their profession here in Niagara, and who are ideally suited to help their mentee navigate and understand their industry in a Canadian context. We recruit mentors based upon the needs of our program participants and we do our best to find occupation and industry-specific matches.

For Mentors

Am I expected to find my mentee a job?

No, your role is not to find your mentee a job. The objective of the mentoring relationship is to prepare your mentee for job readiness by exposing them to professional networks and providing advice.

Where do the mentees come from?

Niagara Workforce Research works with Niagara’s Employment Ontario network to assist their newcomer clients, who have travelled to Canada from all over the world.

What kinds of things should I talk about with my mentee?

Each mentee will have different employment experience, language proficiency, and backgrounds. As a result, needs will vary from mentee to mentee. There is no “one size fits all” set of discussion topics; however, we encourage meetings to be focused around key topics that have been identified by your mentee throughout the mentorship process. Your mentoring relationship should be tailored to your mentee's needs and interests.

General Questions

What is the time commitment/length of the mentorship program?

Successful completion of the mentorship program requires a minimum of 12 hours of face-to-face contact between mentor and mentee. We understand that everyone has busy lives, so we leave the scheduling of each meeting up to the mentor and mentee to discuss and we encourage flexibility.

Who do I contact if I have any concerns or problems regarding my mentoring relationship?

Niagara Workforce Research will make every effort towards ensuring a positive experience for both the mentor and the mentee. However, it is natural that not all relationships will be perfect. In the case of conflict or difficulty, please speak with Laura Fyfe (lfyfe@niagaraworkforceboard.ca). Both mentor and mentee will be asked to comment on the situation and action will be taken to rectify it.