New site builds on changes to Canada's immigration system to help
international engineering graduates begin their career in Canada more
quickly and efficiently
OTTAWA, Jan. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - A new website launched by Engineers Canada
and funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides international
engineering graduates with a single, comprehensive source of
high-quality information about how to become a licensed engineer in
Canada. The website was designed with extensive input and support from
the 12 provincial and territorial regulators of the engineering
"Employers in the engineering field say we need good, skilled workers,"
says Marcia Friesen, Director of the Internationally Educated Engineers
Qualification Program at the University of Manitoba. "It just makes
good business sense to do everything we can to bring international
engineering graduates here and integrate them into our communities."
The website, accessible at http://newcomers.engineerscanada.ca was created to help international engineering graduates overcome common
obstacles to integration. In many cases, newcomers are poorly informed
of the licensure process in Canada, unaware of how long it takes or
that requirements can differ from province to province. Many newcomers
also lack the communication skills needed to successfully pursue an
engineering career in Canada.
Written in clear, plain language for people whose first language may not
be English or French, Engineers Canada's website will help users make
more informed career decisions. It offers practical information on
topics such as getting licensed, finding suitable employment and
integrating into the Canadian engineering profession, as well as
guidance on the immigration process and adapting to Canadian culture.
Visitors to the website also have access to the new Academic Information
Tool, which they can use to compare their undergraduate education to
Canadian engineering programs to help them understand how their
academic credentials are likely to be received in this country.
With Canada in need of more engineers with practical experience and
specialized skills, ensuring the smooth and rapid integration of
international engineering graduates is crucial to our economic growth
and prosperity. The launch of this new website coincides with recent
changes made to the Government of Canada's Federal Skilled Worker
Program that will make it easier for international engineering
graduates to become 'licence-ready' before coming to Canada. (For
example, the program now places greater emphasis on language
proficiency and awards points based on the 'true value' of a person's
international education.) Through Engineers Canada's site, potential
newcomers can get a better idea of what exactly they should know and do
ahead of time so they can make it through the Federal Skilled Worker
Program selection system quickly and efficiently.
"In so many cases, people don't know what they're actually getting into
when they come here," says Kate MacLachlan, Director of Academic Review
for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of
Saskatchewan. "With this site, we're looking to make sure international
engineering graduates are as prepared as possible."
Engineers Canada is the national organization of the 12 provincial and
territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in
Canada and license the country's more than 250,000 members of the
engineering profession. It serves the associations, which are its
constituent and sole members, by delivering national programs that
ensure the highest standards of engineering education, professional
qualifications and professional practice. Learn more at www.engineerscanada.ca.
SOURCE: Engineers Canada
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