Helping internationally trained immigrants get jobs related to their
VANCOUVER, April 25, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister
of Employment and Social Development, along with the Honourable Alice
Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament for
Richmond, announced over $2.5 million for a project to help
underemployed newcomers find alternative careers in Canada related to
their field of study and education.
Minister Kenney stressed the importance of helping newcomers put their
skills to work sooner. Through this project, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will help
close to 300 skilled newcomers choose a career path suited to their
skills and experience, while providing employers with a pool of
Alternative careers can be an effective option for internationally
trained workers who may require extensive additional training and
testing to become licensed to practice in their fields.
The Government of Canada is streamlining foreign credential recognition
so that internationally trained workers in 14 priority occupations can
have their credentials assessed within one year, anywhere in Canada.
This will benefit many people who are internationally trained in these
occupations and who apply for licensing annually, including some 2,000
pharmacists, 1,200 dentists and 2,300 engineers.
In 2012, the Government of Canada launched the Foreign Credential
Recognition Loans pilot project in partnership with nine community
organizations across Canada, including S.U.C.C.E.S.S. This is helping
internationally trained workers get their credentials recognized and
find jobs in their fields more quickly.
To date, over 1,000 internationally trained workers have benefitted from
microloans. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has helped close to 500 skilled newcomers
with microloans of up to $15,000.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth, and
long-term prosperity. This initiative will help newcomers get jobs in
their fields faster. This is good news for newcomers, good news for
Canadian employers, and good news for the Canadian economy."
-The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
"Our government is helping newcomers succeed. For Canada to achieve its
potential, immigrants and newcomers must have the opportunity to find
work that best suits their skills and experience. By improving foreign
credential recognition, we are ensuring skilled newcomers can enter the
job market quickly."
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
"The objective of this new exciting initiative is to address the lack of
alternative career support for under-utilized newcomers. This national
pilot project is a milestone for our organization. Thanks to the
support from the Government of Canada, we will provide services for
newcomers and employers in the Toronto area for the first time."
- Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Improving Foreign Credential Recognition
Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada works
with the provinces and territories and other stakeholders to improve
foreign credential recognition. This partnership led to the development
of the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of
Foreign Qualifications, which is streamlining foreign credential
recognition for priority occupations, including doctors and dentists.
Under the framework, internationally trained workers who submit an
application to be licensed or registered to work in certain fields,
along with all fees and relevant documents, will be advised within one
year how their credentials compare to Canadian standards. They may also
be advised of additional requirements or be directed to alternative
occupations that would benefit from their skills and experience.
Service standards have been established so that internationally trained
professionals in 14 priority occupations, can have their credentials
assessed within one year, anywhere in Canada.
Economic Action Plan 2013 reinforced the Government of Canada's
commitment to further improve foreign credential recognition and
continue to work in partnership with the provinces and territories to
identify the next set of target occupations.
Government of Canada Foreign Credential Recognition Programs and
The Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Program aims to improve the integration of internationally trained workers into
the workforce. The Program provides funding to and works with the
provinces and 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.
The Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Pilot Project, delivered in cooperation with community organizations, helps
internationally trained workers cover the costs of having their
credentials recognized, so they can find jobs that best suit their
skills and experience.
The Foreign Credentials Referral Office provides information and path-finding and referral services, both in
Canada and overseas, to help internationally trained workers have their
credentials assessed quickly so they can find work faster in the fields
in which they have been trained.
The Internationally Educated Health Professionals Initiative works with provinces, territories and stakeholders to enable more
internationally educated health professionals to put their skills to
work in Canada's health system.
The Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) is a ground-breaking initiative between the Government of Canada
and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). The program
provides free pre-departure orientation to federal skilled workers,
provincial nominees, and their spouses and adult dependants, while they
are still overseas during the final stages of the immigration process.
It helps immigrants better prepare for economic success by providing
information, planning, and online support through partners in Canada.
CIIP assists newcomers in 25 countries through offices located in the
Philippines, China, India, and the United Kingdom.
Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program
The Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program provides newcomers
with valuable temporary Canadian work experience and training
opportunities with federal government departments and agencies and
private sector organizations.
The number and types of positions available in a given year vary.
Internships are offered in fields such as policy, administration,
project management, computer science, communications, science and
engineering. Interns are hired for 90 working days. The internship may
be extended an additional 90 working days. A mentor is provided for the
duration of the internship.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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Office of the Minister of Employment and Social Development
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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