IMPORTANT SITES FOR LEARNING
WHERE CAN I GET AN EDUCATION OR JOB TRAINING?
Finding a college or a university
School Finder is a search engine for Canadian colleges and universities.
The site describes each institution in detail, including the programs it
offers, a link to the school's web site, and in some cases an application
form is available. The search engine is user-friendly and investigations
can be based on institution size, location, language of instruction, and
(CIP) School Finder offers an online interest questionnaire. Once
you've filled out the questionnaire, the site will suggest various
training options you may wish to consider. It can be used as a tool to
help you explore your options. See:
University and College Programs
If you simply want to know which Canadian college or university offers a
particular program, you don't need a search engine with the depth of
School Finder. Instead, begin your search here. This site organizes all
college and university programs in alphabetical order. Click on your
program of interest for links to all the relevant institutions. Each link
brings you directly to the web page where the program is described! This
is very useful, especially when you want to compare the institutions
offering the same program.
Tip: This is a comprehensive site, but not as complete as School
Finder. You may want to use School Finder to find other institutions that
offer your program of interest.
National Association of Career Colleges
This site lists most private training institutes across Canada. Simply
click on the membership icon to find a fist of all of the institutions,
sorted by province. The location of a college and the programs it offers
appear beside its name.
Tip: Use your browser's "Find" option to quickly locate the school
or program that interests you.
Ideas about Universities
Have you ever wondered what kind of a job you can get by studying
economics, agriculture, or engineering in university? Well, you don't need
to wonder anymore! You will find all the answers here. This site covers
over 30 undergraduate programs. Experts explain the different aspects of
each area of study and answer many other questions often asked by
(CIP) Since experts consistently answered the same questions
throughout, you can compare their answers to further understand the
differences between two or more programs. Go to:
University of Manitoba - Career Resource Centre Schools Page
Okay, so you want to expand your horizons, and you need more information
on undergraduate and post graduate education? This site not only offers
link to all Canadian universities and colleges, but also to American
universities, and many North American program directories. Individuals
interested in post-graduate studies will find program information not
available elsewhere on the web. This site is well worth a visit!
Canadian Post Secondary Education
Let's say you know the name of community college in Saskatchewan, but need
its web site address. This site provides you with a clickable map. Click
on the province and the kind of institution you are looking for (community
college, technical institute, university college, etc.), and a complete
list of links to those institutions' web sites will appear. Very handy and
very easy to use!
Association of College and Universities of Canada
Some may prefer this simple and efficient search engine. It allows you to
search for any university program in just about any field. You may want to
limit your search to one province or expand it to all the universities in
Canada. This site is particularly useful if you are looking for graduate
programs or when searching for a co-op program at the undergraduate level.
(CIP) The ACUC site lists over 150 bursaries and exchange programs.
Check them out at:
Funding your education
StudentAwards.com is a search engine that allows you to research your
eligibility for bursaries. Bursaries are available for both the
undergraduate and graduate levels of study. You will first need to answer
a number of questions, in order to create your own personal profile. The
search engine will then identify the bursaries that correspond to your
profile. You can create a mailbox in which to keep your profile, and if
new and suitable bursaries become available, they will automatically be
added to your mailbox. A site to visit often!
Tip: It may he a good idea to read the FAQ found at:
before using this site for the first time.
Canada Student Loans Program
Federal government loans and grants are available to help you pay for your
post-secondary education, and here's the site with the details. You can
find out which financial institutions offer loans, and, in about 15
minutes, you can use a software package to estimate how much money you can
expect! Links are also available to the provincial government offices for
student loans. You may be eligible for provincial money too!
Tip: Be sure to check the Glossary of term and definitions. It is
important that you understand the conditions for eligibility, acceptance,
and repayment, of loans. This section is a must to understand the process.
Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan
This site will be of particular interest to parents. The Canadian
Scholarship Trust Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps
families save towards their children's post secondary education. The
Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan is a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)
and a tax shelter under the Income Tax Act of Canada. Presently the
federal government contributes up to $400 a year to an RESP. Check the
site for more details on how to start saving for your children's future.
National Adult Literacy Database (NALD)
The NALD is a non-profit organization providing information for students,
teachers, tutors, volunteers, and administrators. The "Literacy
Organizations" section can help you find a literacy service in your area.
This site is full of resources and information for literacy teachers.
This Canadian site specializes in online learning. An "online course" is
defined as any course that can be taken on the Internet from anywhere in
the world. Thousands of online courses from around the world are in the
site's database and can be located by title, institution, or subject area.
This site is one of the top search engines of its kind in the world.
Tip: Before registering for a course, check the "Before You Begin"
section which deals with accreditation and standards.
CAN I WORK OR STUDY OUTSIDE CANADA?
Studying in the United States
Peterson's Education & Career Center
The Peterson's Guides are among the best sources of information on
education and job training in the United States. There are hundreds of
undergraduate and graduate programs in the States, and this site search
engine will allow you to locate those that might interest you. You will
also find information on summer schools, career education, international
study programs, admissions procedures, and lots more. Check it out!
Tip: It will be easier to access this information in the
"International Students" section, at:
Also known as College Edge, this site contains a very powerful search
engine that will allow you to learn more about American colleges and
programs. You can search by any number of criteria: program, location,
size, and even extracurricular activity. Once you identify the schools you
might be interested in, you will have access to complete descriptions and,
in some cases, online application forms.
Tip: Don't use ALL the search criteria. Use only those that are
most important to you. Otherwise, your search may yield no result.
(CIP) You will find useful career information at: http://www.embark.com/college/cm/default.asp
American University and English as a Second Language Information
If you want to study in the United States, you need to know more than the
availability of programs. What about lodging, insurance, admissions
requirements, visas, and other practical matters? This site will answer
some of the questions that you may have on these topics.
U.S. News and World Reports (USNWR)-2000 Graduate School Rankings
So, you already have a bachelor's degree, but would like to pursue
graduate education in the United States. You are trying to decide between
a number of institutions offering graduate programs in your chosen field.
Start your research here. Every year, USNWR produces rankings of US
graduate schools. The site is very specific. For example, you can find
detailed rankings of graduate law schools that specialize in intellectual
property. You will also find a great deal of useful information on each
Tip: Don't waste time trying to figure it out yourself! Read the
section on methodology for each set of rankings to understand them
College Board Online
This site is a great place to start if you want to know more about
studying in the United States. Its search engine is a little complex, but
yields excellent results and allows you to enter multiple criteria
(majors, sports, financial assistance, etc.). It provides other valuable
information such as educational costs, admissions procedures, and
financial aid. In some cases you can even apply online.
Studying and Working in the rest of the world
Christina DeMello's World List of Lists
It is difficult to fathom the size of this site! If a university anywhere
in the world has a web site, you will more than likely find a link to it
here. If you want to study in France or England, Indonesia or Morocco,
this is where to start looking for information. Talk about a global
The Canadian Guide to Working and Living Overseas
Use this site to find more international opportunities. It lists
companies, agencies, and organizations that have interests abroad. This
site will also introduce you to a book by the same name, with tons more
Monster Board International Gateway
Although we have already discussed the Monster Board, this international
gateway deserves its own description. It is full of information on visas,
citizenship, and other issues for people who wish to work in the United
States. The site not only includes job postings in the U.S. but in
countries all over the world, such as the United Kingdom, France, Belgium,
Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore.
Career Tips lists top career sites from six different countries:
Australia, Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United
States. It is not as complete as some other sites, but the information
they do offer has been carefully selected. For each country there are
links to immigration resources, and both the "Job Hints" and "Career
Hints" sections offer many interesting and original links. Where else can
you cover so much ground on a single site?
Public Service Commission (PSC) - International Programs
The PSC lists job offers from various international agencies, such as the
United Nations (UN), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as many
others. It also accepts job applications on behalf of these agencies. On
this site you will find information on working with these organizations,
including application criteria, various recruitment programs, and a
comprehensive directory. This site offers some very interesting
opportunities for people seeking a career change.
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
CIDA's site presents a number of opportunities for individuals who wish to
work in the field of inter-national development. People between the ages
of 19 and 30 can apply to the International Youth Internship Program.
There is also a good deal of useful advice for those wishing to pursue a
Work Info Net
Work Info Net (or WIN) is a Canadian virtual library on careers, training,
and employment. All the links are organized under seven headings: jobs;
work and recruiting; occupations and careers; learning, education and
training; labour market information and outlook, self-employment;
workplace issues and financial help and support. You can browse the entire
Canadian database or visit only the links relevant to your province. A
very good starting point for your job-hunt on the 'Net!
Youth Resource Network of Canada
If you're under 30 and making the transition from school to the world of
work, this site is for you. With links to over 3000 Internet sites, it
answers questions like : What's the best way to do my career planning?
What sort of work am I suited to? How do I write my resume or act in an
interview? What's necessary to start up a business? Find out about
different occupations and schools as well as where you can look for
related job experience.
HRDC National Web Site
Human Resources Development Canada is one of the largest federal
departments in scope and mandate. It provides services and programs for
children, families, youth, seniors, the unemployed, persons with
disabilities, Aboriginal peoples in the Canadian workplace. This site
offers information on programs and services, including direct links to the
Canada Employment Insurance Commission, HRDC sites across Canada, and web
services that help you look for work. These services include the National
Job Bank, the Electronic Labour Exchange, the National Labour Market
Information System, and Youth Employment Initiatives. The index will also
link you to information, programs and services on job search, labour
market information, learning opportunities, and entrepreneurship.
Sheridan College - Career Resources: Career Links http://www.sheridanc.on.ca/career/links.htm
Home Page: http://www.sheridanc.on.ca
An excellent guide to web sites in 13 major categories such as companies,
occupations, trends, career planning, education, and training! Suggestions
for using each section of the list are provided, and each link is
described. A well-organized, user-friendly referral list to link you to
the information you need.
Career Resource Center
If you are hungry for career information, this American site serves up
thousands of links. The Career Resource Center is an extensive index of
career-related web sites. You'll find a lot more information on everything
we've discussed so far: job postings, career planning, self-employment,
etc. Check out the section entitled "Career Gems" for their selection of
the best sites.
Although this site is mostly aimed at young people, job seekers and career
changers of all ages will find it very useful! It is colourful,
easy-to-use and filled with practical information and online activities.
Mazemaster was developed for the Metropolitan Toronto area, so some
information is geographically specific. However, most of the sections are
applicable to all Canadian users. You'll find online exercises to help you
define your skills and interests more clearly. The labour information
section contains a number of hot tips on employment trends and selected
workers' profiles. The self-employment section covers eight issues you
need to consider when thinking of starting a business, and also includes
an online business plan. The site is also rich in information on training
and jobsearch techniques, and it lists other sites with job postings.
Youth Link is a directory of services, programs, and resources for young
people. This is a good place to find information on bursaries,
internships, career tools, and even travel opportunities. Youth Link
describes each resource or program, and contact information is always
This site caters to the professional needs of career counsellors in
Canada. It includes a discussion forum, an extensive list of counselling
tools, options for further professional training, as well as information
on upcoming events such as conferences and workshops.
(CIP) This site contains information on career options for people
outside of the career counselling community at. http://www.contactpoint.ca/html/
Counsellor Resource Centre (CRC)
This is another great site for career and employment counsellors. The
information is organized in four main areas: "Helping Yourself" contains
useful tools for counsellors' personal and professional development;
"Helping Clients" lists a selection of web tools useful in a career
counselling setting; "Helping Each Other" provides a forum for discussion
and an online seminar; and "Helping for the Future" presents some of the
trends affecting the counselling profession.
(CIP) Information in the "Helping Clients" section is also useful
for job seekers and career changers. It contains a number of links to
sites that offer employment, training, and career decision-making.
Tip: This site is especially suitable for career counsellors who
are new to the profession or don't have much experience using the
Internet. There is a moderate amount of information to deal with and it is
organized in an easy-to-follow sequence.
Canadian Association of Educators and Employers-CACEE Work Web
This site is of use to both university placement service professionals and
recent graduates looking for employment. Placement service professionals
can access information on proper practice or ethics, and can join a
discussion forum, while graduates will find employers' profiles, job
banks, career fair announcements, and corporate recruitment web sites.
For people with special needs
Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work - WorkINK
WorkInk is an interactive site dedicated to work equity. It publishes a
number of articles on the difficulties experienced by job seekers with
functional handicaps, It also provides a news bulletin, job opportunities,
and a lot of practical advice. The most important facet of this site is
the counselling chat room, where job seekers can discuss their situation
with an online counsellor.
(CIP) This site provides a link to the Wide Area Employment Network
(WAEN, a.k.a. Workwire), a job bank especially for job seekers with
special needs. See:
Integrated Network of Disability Information and Education (Indie)
This comprehensive site provides information and resources for people with
disabilities. It is a virtual library covering many issues: education,
adaptive technology, housing, social regulations, and more. Service
agencies and support groups are also listed. The employment section lists
job banks, training options, placement services and a number of useful
For newcomers to Canada
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
If you are new to Canada and would like more information on studying or
working here, this site is for you. It provides information on the
credential assessment process which evaluates your past schooling or work
experience in order to determine what you are qualified to do. This is a
necessary step when applying to university or to find out if you can
continue practicing your profession in Canada. The site lists a number of
services across the country which perform these assessments.