Sector Specific Employment Initiative (SSEI)

The Sector Specific Employment Initiative (SSEI) is a three-year research program that is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The research project will be implemented by World Skills Employment Centre, in partnership with: The Centre for Research on Inclusion at Work (CRIW) at Carleton University
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What does SSEI provide you?

The program focuses on employer engagement strategies in 15 select sectors and evaluates the impact of such focused strategies on the degree of employer engagement and, subsequently, the success in the employment of internationally trained newcomers within those sectors.

The program aims to enlist 750 clients over the period of three years. Interested participants will be assigned to their sector of choice.

What makes SSEI unique is that it offers job seekers highly-focused services, employers’ events and activities that are specifically tailored to those sectors, such as sector specific:

  • 5-day sector specific training in selected sectors
  • Sector specific Targeted Recruitment Events and Coaching sessions
  • One on one Employability Skills Assessment meetings
  • One on one support with an assigned employment counselor and a recruitment specialist
  • One on one action planning meetings
  • Portfolio building
  • Digital skills and video resume
  • Sector Maps that highlight career paths within the sector, licenses and certification requirements, sector specific terminology, sub sectors, top employers, top occupations, experience and qualification requirements of Jobs most frequently posted, in-demand bridging programs and certifications for the sector, key employers, occupations and trends within the sector.

The 15 select sectors are:

Sectors are divided into 3 clusters. For the research purposes, each cluster receives a different set of interventions.

To be eligible to participate in this program, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • CLB level 5+
  • Permanent resident of Canada OR protected person and/or refugee
  • Unemployed or underemployed​
  • Willing to participate in the research project

For more information, employers can contact

You can register for one of our information sessions to expand your knowledge about the program and learn how to become part of it. Click HERE to register for one of our information sessions. You can contact for more information. 

Click HERE to view and download the program flyer.