VANCOUVER, Aug. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of
Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism,
announced over $3.3 million in funding to the Government of British
Columbia to improve foreign credential recognition so that
internationally trained professionals can get jobs in their fields
This funding will support over 30 projects to help address barriers to
foreign credential recognition for skilled newcomers in BC to help them
find jobs in their fields faster. With BC poised for significant
growth, this investment will help the province with its need for
skilled workers, particularly in the energy and resource industry. The
projects funded today include: online tools to better inform new
Canadians what jobs are in demand in Canada, outreach and consultation
with employers and stakeholders to eliminate barriers to new Canadians
entering the workforce, and working with regulators to analyze progress
on speeding up the recognition of foreign credentials in in-demand
Recently, the Government announced that, in partnership with the
provinces and territories, it will improve foreign credential
recognition for 10 more priority occupations, including in the skilled
trades and healthcare. 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
The 10 new priority occupations are: geoscientists, carpenters,
electricians, heavy duty equipment technicians, heavy equipment
operators, welders, audiologists and speech language pathologists,
midwives, psychologists, and lawyers.
Over the next decade, there will be approximately one million job
openings in British Columbia. By 2020, newcomers are expected to fill
about one-third of those new jobs.
Under the Pan-Canadian Framework, high-skilled newcomers in the 14
priority occupations, including some 2,000 pharmacists, 1,200 dentists
and 5,600 engineers, are already benefitting from improvements to
foreign credential recognition.
The Government of Canada also offers a microloans pilot project to help
internationally trained workers cover the cost of having their
credentials recognized. To date, more than 1,300 skilled newcomers have
benefitted from microloans.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. Today's funding will help new Canadians realize
their dream of finding well-paying jobs and providing for their
families, while also helping fill shortages in in-demand jobs in the
Canadian economy. Our Government will continue to work to streamline
the recognition of foreign credentials and help new Canadians find jobs
in their fields faster."
-The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
Development and Minister for Multiculturalism
"Immigration has played an important part in building our country and
our province and we want to be sure that we are maximizing the benefit
of the skilled individuals who choose to make British Columbia their
new home. With this funding our government is committed to helping
newcomers use the skills and work experience they have attained outside
of Canada to find meaningful, in-demand jobs here in British Columbia,
and provide for their families."
-The Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills
Training and Minister Responsible for Labour of British Columbia and
MLA for Prince George- Valemount, British Columbia
"Our government is helping internationally trained professionals
succeed. For B.C. to achieve its full potential, all British
Columbians, including newcomers, must have the opportunity to work in a
field that best suits their skills and experience. This is good news
for newcomers, good news for B.C.'s employers, and good news for our
economy. Having worked overseas myself, I know personally how important
foreign credential recognition is."
-John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea
to Sky Country, British Columbia
Employment and Social Development Canada: Credential Recognition
Applying for Foreign Credential Recognition Loans
A Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign
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.
The first set of 14 priority occupations were: architects, engineers,
engineer technicians, accountants, medical lab technicians,
occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, registered
nurses, practical nurses, dentists, medical radiation technologists,
physicians, and teachers.
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 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 professionals 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.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of Minister Kenney
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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