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Canada moves to help foreign-trained professionals get jobs faster

Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced the renewal of the foreign credential recognition funding agreement between the federal government and the provincial government of Nova Scotia.

The federal government will provide $1.3 million while Nova Scotia will provide nearly $610,000 for the Building International Recognition in Nova Scotia project aimed at helping improve foreign credential recognition within the province so that internationally-trained professionals can get jobs in their fields faster.

Through this project, Nova Scotia will work with stakeholders and partners to create online tools and programs to help internationally trained workers prepare for their licensure exams.

It will also develop projects to help bridge the gap in training programs and help internationally-trained professionals investigate alternative career opportunities that best utilize their skills and experience.

Minister MacKay noted that highly skilled newcomers play a key role in our workforce, but our economy and society can benefit even more by finding better ways to tap into their skills and talents.

Recently, Jason Kenney, Minister of Multiculturalism, announced that, in partnership with provincial and territorial partners, Canada will improve foreign credential recognition for 10 additional priority occupations.

Specifically, the Government of Canada is establishing a one-year service standard, meaning new Canadians in these fields will have their credentials assessed within a one-year period.

These occupations are:




Heavy equipment technicians

Heavy equipment operators



Speech-language pathologists




A few quick facts:

Under the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications, high-skilled newcomers in the 14 priority occupations – including some 5,600 engineers, 3,100 physicians, 2,000 pharmacists, 1,100 physiotherapists, and 1,200 dentists – are already benefiting from improvements to foreign credential recognition.

Canada also offers a micro loans pilot project to help internationally-trained workers cover the cost of having their credentials recognized.

“We recognize that skilled newcomers help fill shortages in key occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economy,” said Kenney. “That is why we are streamlining foreign credential and experience recognition so that more newcomers can put their talents to work sooner.”

Posted: Mar 2, 2015

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