Canada Works to Improve Foreign Credential Recognition

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Economic Action Plan addresses barriers to foreign credential recognition

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The Canadian government wants to improve the integration of internationally trained workers into the labour market, and the Economic Action Plan seeks to assist in recognizing foreign credentials and work experience.  The federal government is investing $50 million to work with the provinces and territories, and other stakeholders, to establish standards for the timely handling of requests, and identify key occupations that will be a priority for developing recognition standards.

The investment has led to the creation of the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.  This Framework allows key occupations, including several health care professionals, a streamlined process for foreign credential and experience recognition.

The goal is to have the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world.

Foreign Credentials Referral Office important tool

Established in May 2007, the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) assists internationally trained workers to find the information and services, in Canada and overseas, to have their credentials assessed quickly.  This will allow them to find work faster in their field of expertise.

Canada supports province in foreign credential recognition program

The federal government is providing over $1.2 million in funding to the Government of New Brunswick for a project called Building Foreign Qualification Recognition Capacity in New Brunswick.  The project will help to create a fair, transparent and timely system for foreign credential recognition, and will create bridge-to-work programs to assist skilled immigrants find work in the field for which they have trained.

The Honourable Martine Coulombe, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour for New Brunswick, points out that the project will benefit the province as well as the immigrants coming to work.

“Improving the system for recognizing foreign credentials will allow newcomers to integrate more easily into our province, and will yield positive results for our labour force,” she said

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