Newcomer Apprenticeship Program

If you’re new to Canada, eager to land your first job here, and you haven’t yet had the opportunity to gain work experience in Canada, our goal is to help you gain paid experience with our firm that will open the doors to more opportunities.

The Newcomer Apprenticeship is an 8-10-week paid program that provides you with professional development, networking opportunities, job search support, and hands-on work experience within the Altis team, in support of you finding meaningful work.

Welcoming Newcomers to Canada

We originally created the Newcomer Program in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It was our way of honoring our co-founder Toni Guimaraes while recognizing the unique – and often difficult – journey that new Canadians take to find employment here.

Today at Altis, we place more than 8,000 candidates per year and yet we are still seeing a noticeable gap between the number of highly skilled immigrants that interview versus how many are hired. We recognized an opportunity to act and decided to use our position as a staffing firm to do more.

Since the program’s inception in November 2020, we’ve continued to refine and adjust it to provide even more value to each new cohort. We’re extremely committed to this program and excited to continue growing it. Our long-term goal is to highlight to employers that Canadian experience doesn’t necessarily mean “better” experience.

How to Apply

Ideal Candidates

Haven’t yet had the opportunity to gain work experience in Canada
Currently reside in Canada and are legally able to work in Canada
Are passionate about building a career in Canada Project positivity and are open to coaching and feedback
Hold international experience in either: Human Resources, Accounting, Market, Business Development & Sales, IT or Proposals & Administration

Meet our Newcomer Graduates


Team member since 1998

“To get different results and grow a bit from where you were, you have to move. The place where you move might not look positive at first, but trust me, people who make progress in life do so because they left what they were doing.” 

A lawyer with 15 years of professional experience—six of which involved running her own practice—she has a master’s degree in law and has worked on civil, family and estate legal cases. “For me, as a lawyer, of course I’m not able to practise law here yet, but there are other things I can do here to add value,” she says. Despite the struggles she’s faced so far, Ola is a huge fan of her new-found home and keen to learn as much as she can while waiting to break into the job market.


Team member since 1998

“I’d like to become an expert in my chosen field so that I’ll be able to guide others to find their own paths, and help other newcomers overcome that initial fear.”

Jonadab arrived in Canada from Nigeria just before New Year’s Eve 2020, afraid of the weather but excited for new opportunities. Canada stood out because it seemed the most inclusive. As with many newcomers though, Jonadab’s job hunt wasn’t easy. “I thought maybe I wasn’t getting calls because I wasn’t tailoring my resume effectively,” he says. “So, when the opportunity came for me to meet with the Newcomer Program team at Altis, I embraced it and it was wonderful.”


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