When skilled immigrants and refugees apply for a Windmill Microlending loan, they usually do so to pay for education and training, including courses that can help them advance their careers. However, our low-interest microloans can help them pay for more than that.
We know that finding work in Canada that matches skill level, education and experience might require additional education, training, assessments, credentials or licensing. These costs can add up quickly. In addition, COVID-19 has made it harder for many immigrants to keep their jobs or find better ones and to get the training they need.
If you are facing any of these challenges, Windmill can help you pay for other costs related to continuing your career in Canada. Because everyone is different, applications are carefully reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This way, we find the resources that will help you find work more quickly.
What can a Windmill loan be used for?
- Fees for licensing and qualifying exams
- Living allowance for the duration of your Career Success Plan
- Credentials assessments (WES, ICAS, IQAS or MIFI)
- English or French language training as a pre-requisite for the rest of your Career Success Plan
- Relocation costs for employment
- Travel expenses to take courses or exams not available in your area
- Books, course materials and work and lab equipment
- Professional association fees
- Other costs related to continuing your career may be considered, for example, a laptop for online courses or the cost of childcare
Find out if you are eligible for a low-interest microloan by taking our two-minute quiz.