Paramedic Returns to the Field in Saskatchewan

Gilberto MarabotoGilberto Maraboto and his wife made the long car trip to Saskatoon from Mexico City in October 2012. They did not let bad weather conditions deter their travel and arrived safely to their new home and country.

Tired of the crowds and traffic in Mexico, Gilberto’s childhood friend recommended he move to Saskatoon. When applying for immigration, he looked into moving to Ontario. Upon recognizing the employment difficulties and cost of living in larger Canadian cities, Saskatchewan seemed ideal. Gilberto found a job almost immediately delivering furniture but he longed to reenter the paramedic field, his profession in Mexico. He went to the local college in search of certification and funding options. He was provided a series of brochures including the IAF brochure so he contacted the office to learn more.

Gilberto applied for the IAF loan in 2013. Keeping his delivery job, alongside receiving a loan from IAF, Gilberto was able to take the requirements necessary to license as a paramedic in Saskatchewan. The process to get certified took about a year. Without the loan, “it would have been harder and taken more time.”

Gilberto is now certified and working in his field. He and his wife now reside in Wakaw, Saskatchewan. Gilberto is currently working for Wakaw & District EMS.

“The program helped me out a lot. I could save (some) money. It allowed me to have more and not be forced into a strict budget. It was a good experience.”


Every year, IAF helps hundreds of immigrants by providing loans to help them pay for the licensing or training they need to work in their field in Canada. Now more than ever Canada’s newcomers need our help. Please consider a donation to IAF today.