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Are You Ready To Apply?

Once you have all your documents ready, the application process should take 15-30 minutes. Use this checklist to make sure you have completed the right steps and are ready to apply.

Step 1: Have you checked your eligibility via the Eligibility Quiz? Step 2: If you are eligible, do you have electronic copies of the following documents ready for upload?

  • Immigration Status document
  • Prior training/education
  • Your most up-to-date resume
  • Proof of your income (eg. a pay stub or bank statement)
  • Completed budget template
  • Learning plan documents
  • Completed learning plan template

Clicking this button will take you to our application portal, where you will be asked to create an account so that you can start your application, save it, and return to it anytime.

Checklist Items FAQ

Immigration Status

  • A scanned copy of documentation stating your current immigration status, whether Permanent Resident, Canadian Citizen, Convention Refugee/Protected Person, or Provincial Nominee.
  • If you are a Provincial Nominee, your letter of acceptance from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
  • If you are a Convention Refugee/Protected Person in Canada, you must have attained convention refugee or protected person status within the last three years. Also please note that Windmill offers a Refugee Loan Program that is interest-free.

Prior training/education

  • Copies of translated education certificates or assessments. These assessments may come from services such as World Education Services or International Qualification Assessment Services.
  • Proof of any courses or exams you have already completed towards your re-licensing in Canada.


  • Resume must include education and work experience from your home country and in Canada.

Proof of your income and budget

  • Examples include pay stubs, a student funding letter, Employment Insurance information, or a confirmation of Income Support.
  • Proof of income for other members of your household who contribute to the household’s expenses, if possible.
  • Please complete this document and have it ready before you begin your application. You’ll need to upload it.

Living allowance information

  • If you are on provincial income support, a Windmill loan with living allowance could affect future income support amounts you receive. Please confirm with your case worker before applying.
  • You may only apply for a living allowance if you are temporarily leaving your current employment to pursue your learning plan.

Learning Plan documents

  • A letter of acceptance from the program or institution where you will be studying, if applicable. Otherwise, please include information about the courses or exams you plan on taking as part of your licensing/training plan.
  • Please complete this document and have it ready before you begin your application. You’ll need to upload it.

In order to complete your online application, it will help to have the following information in front of you:

  • Your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Costs associated with your Learning Plan (i.e. the courses, exams, or other programs you need to pay for)
  • A completed copy of your Learning Plan Template
  • Financial information regarding any houses, cars, or other assets that you own
  • A completed copy of your Budget Template
  • Contact information for at least one professional reference. This can be an employer, a landlord, or someone you volunteer with in Canada.

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