Community Benefits Spotlight – Prajwal Amatya


When Prajwal Amatya moved to Canada from Nepal in early 2016, he was faced with a common challenge for recent immigrants; an inability to secure employment despite a wealth of professional experience as CAD/Drafter.

In an effort to improve his chances of finding a job, Prajwal enrolled in the Toronto District School Board’s Canadian Experience program at the Yorkdale Adult Learning Centre. The Canadian Experience program is designed to help integrate professional immigrants into the Canadian workforce.

“I heard about the Learning Centre from a friend, so I enrolled,” said Prajwal. “I got a lot of Canadian work experience there and got to know the Canadian work culture – they were very good to me.”

Metrolinx and its constructor, Crosslinx Transit Solutions has partnerships with a variety of employment agencies and training centres across the City, including the Learning Centre. When Prajwal was ready to begin a co-op placement in his field, he was connected to Crosslinx and was brought onto the project in a co-op position. Following the successful completion of his co-op term, Prajwal was hired on permanently as a CAD/Drafter. 

It’s because of the community benefits program created for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project and through our partnership with community organizations like the Learning Centre that Pajwal was able to secure work in his trained field of work.