New Start

New Start: Access to Education and Employment

New Start assists people with disabilities and newcomers to Canada to overcome barriers to employment and develop the skills they need to find meaningful employment.

New Start offers client-centered training at all four campuses—Prince Albert, Moose Jaw, Regina and Saskatoon. While the focus is on people with disabilities and newcomers, the program is also open to Indigenous peoples, women and visible minorities facing employment barriers.

**The New Start pilot project funding has come to an end. Please continue to check this web page for future programming announcements.**

Who is this for?

  • Newcomers
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Women considering careers in trades and technology
  • Visible minorities

*New Start applicants must be residents of Saskatchewan and Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada*

What does New Start cover?

  • Individualized supports
  • Free tuition for your chosen program or activities
  • Textbooks and/or access to online course materials

Want to learn more? Please see our frequently asked questions.

Individualized supports:

Based on your needs as a learner, a personalized plan will be created that gives you access to supports that can help you be successful as a student. Supports may include:

Skills for Success

Assistance with the soft skills you need to be successful in the workplace.  Support will be provided in creativity and innovation, problem solving, reading, digital, collaboration, adaptability, writing, numeracy and communication.

Virtual Learning Strategist (VLS)

This online learning resource is available for any studcent with learning challenges.  The VLS team will provide one-on-one assistance in developing a customized learning plan as required.


This personalized service delivery platform provides real time remote support and access to mentorship throughout your program and work placements.

Language Support

Work with a language instructor designated to your program to better understand instruction and assisgnments, organize and write papers with proper citation, understand difficult vocabulary, and adapt to the Canadian classroom.

Work Placement

Partcipate in a work placement to gain experience in your area of study. *work placement is dependent on the program and availability in the industry

The program offerings include:

There are no programs being offered at this time.

Consider investigating these other funded projects:

If you require ACCUPLACER testing (measures skills in reading, writing and math) to meet admissions requirements, visit the ACCUPLACER Testing for Literacy and Adult Education page.

If English is your second language and you require English Language and IELTS testing to meet admissions requirements, visit the English Language Requirement page.