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Internationally-trained newcomers get help getting their credentials and experience recognized

Canada draws immigrants from all over the world. Some of them struggle to get their foreign credentials and work experience in other countries recognized. Now Canada is investing almost $1.29 million over the next eight years in the Learning Enrichment Foundation’s Support for Internationally Trained Individuals (SITI) project. With this investment, the Foundation will increase resources for internationally trained newcomers to get their credentials recognized in Canada, and increase access to low-interest loans to support the foreign credential recognition process.

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for York–South Weston, on behalf of Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a new project that will help about 240 internationally trained newcomers in Toronto get financial assistance and employment coaching to help them enter the Canadian workforce. By funding this project, the Government is helping reduce barriers to employment for highly skilled newcomers and helping them find meaningful and long-term jobs in the Canadian workforce faster.

“Helping newcomers obtain assistance to have their foreign credentials recognized will allow them to join the Canadian workforce faster, which is critical to growing our economy and strengthening the middle class,” said Hajdu. “Through projects like these, we are supporting newcomers to kick-start their careers in Canada.”

 “I am proud that our government is helping to reduce barriers and support newcomers as they put their skills to work in communities across Canada,” said Hussen. “This is especially important for people trained in various fields who can help fill growing vacancies in their new country.”

“The Learning Enrichment Foundation and DUCA Credit Union are delighted to be initiating a project with the Government of Canada that will propel talented new Canadians into their fields of expertise, fully utilizing the training that they received before having the courage to come to Canada,” said Peter Frampton, Executive Director, Learning Enrichment Foundation. “A combination of loans, social supports and coaching is exactly what is needed for individuals to complete the Foreign Credential Recognition process and be able to best utilize their talents to in turn help Canada grow.”

– Employment and Social Development Canada

Posted: Aug 31, 2018

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