Welcoming Immigrant Women to Aerospace

May 2, 2023

Welcoming Immigrant Women to Aerospace

Women In Aerospace Canada along with UTIMUS, Immigrants Working Centre (IWC), McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI), and The Strong Link (TSL), will deliver a comprehensive suite of skills development and support to prepare unemployed Afghanistan & Ukrainian immigrant women or non-binary individuals who are unskilled to work in aerospace manufacturing sectors in Ontario.

The Program design is responsive to the additional & unique barriers faced by those who identify as women and non-binary newcomers, current workforce gaps, and the skillsets required by local employers for the target occupations.

This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

Who’s Involved?

Women in Aerospace – Canada

Women in Aerospace Canada (WIA-Canada) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding women’s opportunities for leadership and professional development as well as increasing their visibility in the aerospace community by creating a professional network in Canada and across the globe.

Immigrants Working Centre

The Immigrants Working Centre (IWC) is a non-profit, equality-seeking, anti-racism, and multi-service organization based in Hamilton, Ontario. IWC’s mission is to provide innovative and integrated employment-focused settlement and language programming to support immigrants’ success in a just and supportive community. We believe that immigrants are essential partners in Hamilton’s prosperity, and our vision is to see them achieve social and economic success. We offer a wide range of services that are tailored to the unique needs of newcomers, including settlement, employment, LINC programming, community connections, and care for newcomer children.

McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute

The MMRI has been a strategic partner to industry since 1999, applying our world-class expertise and cutting-edge facilities to solving manufacturers’ challenges and honing processes to maximize productivity and quality while reducing cost and facilitating product innovation.

With more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research, and industrial activities, we have pooled our resources including facilities, industry scale equipment, expertise, and connections to industry experts to bring together the MMRI Industrial Training Program. Our experts, in collaboration with those of our partners, created a wide range of courses applicable to many different activities within the aerospace, automotive, and many other industries.

The Strong Link

The Strong Link works with small, medium & large industry and academic partners to enable business leaders to develop the competencies needed to execute, transition and scale. We bring together over 130 leaders across multiple industries to instruct, mentor and coach real-time insights to enable client operations. TSL leverages industry-led instruction grounded in a design thinking approach to craft, deliver and measure impact-driven training courses and mentorship programs. Led by senior leaders from tier-1 businesses worldwide – our content conceptualizes current lessons learned, best practices and insight.


At UTIMUS, we empower employment by helping newcomers enroll in programs that will give them the skills and credentials they need to find their new careers in Canada.