Many ITLs are required to complete costly training, education or licensing requirements in order to become qualified to practice in Canada. ITLs that require financing to cover the expenses associated with these activities may want to consider obtaining an affordable loan from Windmill Microlending, which you can read more about below.
Please note that GLC is not affiliated with Windmill Microlending, and the inclusion of its information on our site should not be construed as an endorsement of its products or services.
Windmill Microlending is a government-funded, registered charity specializing in offering affordable microloans to internationally-trained professionals arriving in Canada. Windmill offers up to $15,000 to help internationally-trained professionals cover the costs of training, education and licensing requirements needed to launch their careers in Canada.
A Windmill loan may be used for:
- Short-term (two years or less) training
- Exam fees with a professional licensing association
- Travel expenses to write an exam
- Qualification assessments
- Professional association fees
- Books and course materials
- English or French language courses specific to employment
- Living allowance during study time
- Other related expenses
Recipients can take up to 5 years to repay either type of loan.
To be eligible, an applicant must:
- Be an internationally-trained immigrant with one of the following statuses: Permanent Resident, Provincial Nominee, Refugee/Protected Person or Canadian Citizen
- Plan to pursue training, licensure or a course of study to achieve their career goals
- Be living in Canada
- Not have an undischarged bankruptcy
Applications can be submitted online at https://windmillmicrolending.org/
If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Blushke, Windmill’s Outreach Specialist.