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Windmill Microlending and Scotiabank are here to help you succeed in Canada

Windmill Microlending and Scotiabank

It’s not easy to continue your career in Canada as an internationally-educated professional.

We are glad you have taken the first step to achieve the career you want! Now you’ll discover why Scotiabank has partnered with Windmill and how we can help you.

Scotiabank realizes that restarting your career in Canada is challenging. This is why they work with organizations like Windmill, who focus exclusively on helping skilled immigrants achieve career success. Along with removing financial barriers, Windmill Microlending and Scotiabank want to ensure that you have the tools and resources you need to continue your career in Canada. We can help you afford the related costs of assessment, training, licensing exams, supplies and even a living allowance during a period of study.

Am I eligible?

Take our two-minute eligibility quiz to find out if you're eligible for an affordable loan.

How Windmill can help

Victor, a Windmill client, describes his experience working with his Client Success Coach.


Windmill Microlending is a Canadian non-profit offering low-interest loans of up to $15,000 to help newcomers pay for the education they need to succeed in Canada. Since 2005, Windmill has supported over 7,000 immigrants and refugees to overcome underemployment and grow their careers.

A loan from Windmill sets our clients on the road to success

Income grows by



on average, with some variance by profession.

Intended Occupations

Trades 4%; Other* 3%; Business/Finance 8%; Education/Gov 10%; Management 8%; Natural and Applied Sciences 15%; Health Sector 52%

*Other includes Agriculture, Sales and Culture

National Impact

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

Case Study

Nurse Trupti


With ten years into a successful nursing career in India, Trupti decided to move to Canada in 2012. She was looking for a better future for her family and the opportunity to advance in her profession.

However, Trupti soon realized that she couldn’t find a job as a nurse without a Canadian license. After finishing the process with the College of Nurses of Ontario, Trupti got her RPN eligibility. But to receive her designation, she needed to complete additional courses and practical hours.

A Windmill loan helped Trupti cover the cost of courses and textbooks, and in 2016, after completing 14 courses and 400 practical hours, she received her RPN license.

“I couldn’t afford to pay for my courses. Windmill offered me the support I needed and helped me organize my career goals.”

Smiling professional woman using computer.

Interested in reading some personal stories and articles to help you settle in sooner? Scotiabank has put together some resources that can be useful.

A Windmill Microlending Mentor meeting with their Mentee.

A Windmill loan gives you access to our Mentorship Program. You’ll receive advice and knowledge from a mentor who has successfully restarted their career in Canada and is now working full-time in their desired field.

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Take our two-minute eligibility quiz to find out if a Windmill loan is right for you.

In partnership with Scotiabank.

Windmill’s statistics as of March 31, 2022. Income data is based only on those who have completed their Career Success Plan and paid their loan in full.