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Windmill Microlending and General Assembly – Supporting newcomers to achieve career success

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The tech industry is always evolving, and acquiring in-demand skills can help you boost your career.

Windmill Microlending can help.

Canada’s tech industry is booming, and IT talent is on demand. As a result, Windmill Microlending has partnered with General Assembly to provide financial support to skilled immigrants and refugees who are looking for expert training and experiential education in today’s most in-demand skills.

We offer microloans of up to $15,000 to help you get the credentials you need.

About Windmill Microlending

Windmill Microlending is a Canadian charity offering affordable, low-interest microloans of up to $15,000 to help newcomers pay for the education they need to succeed in Canada. Since 2005, Windmill has supported over 5,000 immigrants and refugees overcome underemployment and succeed in their careers.

If you are a protected person or convention refugee, who has received a Notice of Decision in the past three years, you can apply for Windmill’s interest-free Refugee Loan Program.

A Windmill loan sets our clients on the road to success

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National Impact

Windmill loans are available across Canada, in every province and territory.

To date, Windmill has supported 333 newcomers in the IT field

Success Story

Meet an immigrant in Ontario who achieved career success with the help of a Windmill loan.

Eric UX Designer Windmill Microlending


Eric – UX Designer – Toronto

Even though Eric carefully planned his move to Canada, it was only until he landed that he gained clarity on the steps he needed to take to achieve professional success as a UX designer. Eric enrolled in a ten-week intensive course at General Assembly and used a Windmill loan to pay his tuition. After completing the program, Eric secured a job as a UX Designer at a well-known Canadian retail company.

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Meet the General Assembly Community

Interested in learning more about General Assembly’s upcoming classes and events? Browse events by topic or format and register to attend.

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Whether you are interested in studying on campus or online, General Assembly has plenty of programs to choose from.



Am I eligible?

Find out if Windmill can help you achieve career success.


In partnership with General Assembly.

Statistics as of September 30, 2020. Income data is based only on those who have completed their Career Success Plan and paid their loan in full.