FAQ Find the answers to frequently asked
questions about the FAST program!
No, FAST is not a training program. FAST is a competency assessment program that can help skilled professionals in one of the six streams compare their past experiences with Canadian standards.
My background is in interior design, but I want to pursue a new career in IT. Will the FAST program help me learn more about starting a new career in IT?
No, the FAST program is designed for those who already have 2+ years of experience in one of the six streams and cannot train you in a new career. If you have 2+ years of relevant experience or training from your previous career that is applicable to IT & Data Services, then you are eligible for our IT & Data Services stream.
You can register directly on our website or have your service delivery provider or employment advisor refer you to the FAST program.
Unfortunately, only those who are Permanent Residents, Convention Refugees, Ukrainian immigrants arriving under CUAET, or individuals approved in principle to immigrate to Canada are eligible for FAST at this time.
Unfortunately, FAST is only available for individuals who are Permanent Residents, Convention Refugees, Ukrainian immigrants under CUAET, or those approved in principle to immigrate to Canada.
I am a registered nurse with 10+ years of experience in my home country. Can I find work as a nurse in Canada through FAST Seniors Care?
FAST Seniors Care is not a healthcare recertification program. For those who have experience and/or education in direct clinical care from their home country (such as registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, doctors, or health care assistants), you are still required to complete a Canadian certified recertification program to be eligible to work in healthcare.
FAST Seniors Care will only provide you the information and resources into how to proceed in a career in Seniors Care – such as next steps, potential alternative occupations and how to apply for recertification (if necessary).
If you have already completed your recertification program or training, then you will be eligible to apply to any direct clinical roles available through FAST!
I have not yet arrived in Canada but I have been approved to become a Permanent Resident. Can I register for FAST before I arrive?
Yes! Those who have been approved in principle to immigrate to Canada – otherwise known as Pre-Arrival Permanent Residents – are eligible to register and complete FAST prior to landing in Canada.
I am a Ukrainian immigrant under CUAET (Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel) am I eligible for FAST?
Yes, Ukrainian immigrants under CUAET are eligible for the FAST program!
Unfortunately, Canadian Citizens are not eligible for FAST.
Upon completion of your FAST modules, you receive free access to various additional resources including designations, webinars, group e-Mentoring sessions, and more!
You must finish all of your FAST modules before you can gain access to any of our additional free resources, including the group e-mentoring sessions. Once you have completed your FAST modules, you will receive email notifications about upcoming group e-mentoring sessions that you may join!
I completed my FAST modules six months ago but would like to access the additional free resources now. Can I still access the additional resources offered?
Yes! No matter how long it has been since you completed your FAST modules, you can continue to gain access to the additional free resources offered by FAST by using your original login details.
We are currently updating the FAST program to help those with medical and healthcare backgrounds find similar work in Canada. We would recommend that those with medical backgrounds look at the Biotech & Life Sciences or Seniors Care streams in the meantime to see if those modules would fit their current needs and employment goals.
We do not require proof of language ability during the FAST registration however we do recommend that individuals have a strong knowledge of English to fully understand the modules and content. FAST relies heavily on reading and reading comprehension and is currently offered only in English.
FAST is designed to be self-paced so that participants can take as much (or as little) time as needed. We recommend that individuals finish their FAST modules within 4 weeks to fully utilize all of the resources available.
SPRINT (Skills Passport for Newcomers in Tech) was a sub-program of FAST dedicated to providing more free additional resources to those in IT & Data Services and Biotech & Life Sciences. The SPRINT program successfully ended in March 2023, after supporting over 800 immigrant clients to pursue careers in the IT and/or Biotech fields.
We have partnered with many different community and immigrant service providers across Canada! To see a full list, please follow the link provided below:
We are always looking for meaningful partnerships with employers across Canada! To become a partner or to learn more about employer partnership opportunities, please fill out your application form by following the link below:
I have several clients that would benefit from the FAST program but we cannot guarantee
a large number of referrals . Is there a referral quota required by partners?
There is no contract or quota required to become a referral partner with FAST. We do offer service delivery providers the ability to use a suite of personal co-branded marketing material if interested. If you are interested in gaining access to the co-branded marketing material, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org