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Helping internationally-trained newcomers get their credentials and experience recognized in Canada

Helping internationally-trained newcomers join the workforce faster will strengthen Canada’s middle class, help those working hard to join it, and grow the economy.

That’s why Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of  Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a new project that will help about 960 internationally-trained newcomers in Toronto and Hamilton regions get financial assistance and employment coaching to help them enter the Canadian workforce. Of the 140 expected to receive both loans and career counselling, half will be women, as part of an effort to increase their access to a loan for credential recognition.

Canada is investing over $1.577 million over the next eight years in the FCR Loans project. With this investment, ACCESS Community Capital Fund will increase resources for internationally trained newcomers to get their credentials recognized in Canada, and improve access to low-interest loans to support the foreign credential recognition process.

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 get their foreign credentials recognized will allow them to kick-start their careers in Canada,” said Hajdu. “Their success is critical to growing our economy and strengthening the middle class. Through projects like these, we are giving more newcomers a fair chance at success in the Canadian workforce.”

 “I am proud that our government is helping to reduce barriers and support newcomers – especially a number of women – 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.”

 “ This grant will help so many more internationally-trained individuals find meaningful work,” said Mona ElSayeh, ACCESS Executive Director. Foreign Credential Recognition Loans projects and the Canadian Work Experience pilot projects help highly skilled newcomers get their credentials recognized and obtain Canadian work experience more quickly so they can find jobs that suit their skills and experience.                               


Posted: Nov 2, 2018

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