Ontario Liberal Plan To Help Newcomers Put Their Skills To Work
TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, only 24 per cent of highly
educated new Canadian professionals living in Ontario have a job in the
field they were trained in. The unemployment level among new Canadians
is twice as high as the Ontario average.
Most new Canadian citizens trained in regulated professions need
Canadian experience to be certified in Ontario. For example, an
engineer needs 12 months of Canadian, on-the-job experience working
with another certified engineer; an architect requires the same; a
pharmacist requires up to six months. The No Skills Left Behind
Training Credit is our plan to help.
Training Credit: Businesses could qualify for a credit of up to $10,000 to offset
training costs for up to one year. To get the credit they would need to
include their claim when filing their taxes.
Why we need it: Tapping in to the talent of new Canadian professionals means a stronger
workforce and a stronger economy. While there are other job training
programs available such as Second Career, and Employment Ontario, some
highly educated new Canadian professionals continue to fall through the
Who qualifies: New Canadian citizens (here five years or less) who are highly educated
professionals in regulated fields such as architecture, accounting or
For how long: The one-time credit would be provided to employers who train skilled,
new Canadian citizens for up to one year, so they can get the work
experience they need to become certified in their field.
How many participants: We anticipate it will reach between 1,000 and 1,200 people every year.
In Ontario, about 70,000 new immigrants become Canadian citizens every
year. Approximately one sixth are considered "skilled workers," and
half of those belong to regulated professions. We anticipate an annual
take up rate of 20 per cent of eligible workers.
What counts as training: We will work with employers to define training costs. Examples include
mentoring, learning Ontario's building codes and engineering laws and
navigating a municipal, provincial or federal approvals process.
Verifying claims: Revenue Canada would be responsible for crediting employers and
verifying that claims stand up to their rigorous accountability
What it will cost: The program would cost up to $12 million each year, based on the maximum
$10,000 in training credit claimed by 1,200 companies.
The No Skills Left Behind Training Credit is consistent with what the
Harper government has done to help new Canadian citizens settle and
find a job:
In the June federal budget, they committed to helping skilled immigrants
and Canadians with international training cover the costs associated
with the foreign credential recognition process; and
Last fall, the Harper government launched a new federal internship
program for newcomers to help them gain valuable Canadian work
experience. This program was modeled after two similar internship
The Conference Board of Canada estimates that under-utilizing the skills
of new immigrants costs our economy billions of dollars every year.
After obtaining Canadian work experience, new Canadian professionals
would be able to apply for Ontario certification and then seek
employment on a level playing field with Ontario-trained professionals.
Some new Canadian citizens will go on to start up businesses and create
more jobs for Ontarians.
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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