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New program benefits skilled immigrants

October 23rd, 2009:

WINDSOR, Ont. - When Adriana Almeiva Vidal came to Canada 18 months ago, she already had a degree in accounting and five years of work experience but she still had problems finding a job because of her lack of formal certification.

But a new program, funded by the federal and provincial governments, which will enable internationally-trained accountants to attain their Certified Management Accountants designation, has changed everything for Vidal and women like her across Windsor.

"I came to Canada to seek a better life and without this program it wouldn't have been possible," said Vidal, her husband Saul Enriquez by her side. "I know now there is a financial future for me in this country and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity."

The program is funded by the senior levels of government and administered by Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor. The programs are delivered by the University of Windsor's Odette School of Business and the CMA of Ontario.
There were 25 students in the initial intake and now that formal funding has been approved, an additional 40 are expected to enrol in January.

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