EDMONTON, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of
Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism,
today announced $4 million in funding for credential recognition
projects that are designed to attract, retain and help Canadian and
internationally-trained nurses get jobs in their field faster—anywhere
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. That is why we are taking action to help
internationally trained nurses find jobs in their field quickly," said
Minister Kenney. "These projects will speed up credential recognition
for trained nurses, allowing them to put their knowledge and skills to
work sooner in communities across Canada."
The National Nursing Assessment Service, the Canadian Council of
Registered Nurse Regulators and the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of
Canada are each receiving funding for their respective projects to
expedite assessment and licensing processes. In some cases, it will
allow internationally educated nurses to begin the assessment process
before arriving in Canada.
"In addition to helping internationally trained nurses put their skills
to use faster, these projects will improve labour mobility within
Canada and make it easier for Canadian nurses to work in any province,"
added Minister Kenney.
Since 2009, internationally trained individuals in 14 occupations,
including nurses and other healthcare providers, can have their
qualifications assessed within one year, anywhere in Canada, so they
can put their knowledge and skills to work sooner.
Canada's Economic Action Plan invested $50 million to streamline foreign
credential and experience recognition for key occupations.
For more information, visit the credential recognition webpage.
The following organizations are receiving funding through the Foreign
Credential Recognition (FCR) program:
over $3.4 million to the National Nursing Assessment Service to provide
a consistent assessment service for internationally educated nurses
seeking registration in Canada;
approximately $150,000 to the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse
Regulators to conduct a practice analysis to improve interprovincial
labour mobility of Canadian and internationally educated nurse
over $450,000 to the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada for its
project to support the assessment and interprovincial mobility of
Canadian and internationally educated registered psychiatric nurses.
The FCR improves the integration of internationally trained workers into
the workforce. The program works with and provides funding to
provinces, territories and other stakeholders—including regulatory
bodies, post-secondary institutions, sector councils and employers—to
implement projects that facilitate the assessment and recognition of
qualifications acquired in other countries.
Established in 2007 by the Government of Canada, the Foreign Credentials
Referral Office provides information and referral services, both in
Canada and overseas, to help internationally trained workers have their
credentials assessed quickly.
Also, in 2005 the Government of Canada launched the Internationally
Educated Health Professionals Initiative. Working with provinces,
territories and stakeholders, this initiative enables more
internationally educated health professionals to put their skills to
work in Canada's health system.
In February 2012, the Government introduced the Foreign Credential
Recognition Loans Pilot Project. Delivered in cooperation with
community organizations, this pilot is helping internationally trained
professionals cover the costs of having their credentials recognized,
so they can find jobs that best suit their skills and experience.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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