McGuinty Government Seeing Results From Investment in Newcomers

    Internationally Trained Newcomers Joining Ranks of Ontario's Professional

    GUELPH, ON, June 14 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is seeing results from
an investment in innovative programming to help internationally trained
agrologists find employment in their chosen field, Minister of Citizenship and
Immigration Mike Colle announced today.
    "Through our investment in the Internationally Educated Professional
Agrologists Program (IEPA), we are creating a stronger future for Ontario's
agri-food industry," said Colle. "The program has been running for only a year
and already half of the participants have received accreditation as
professional agrologists. This is a wonderful example of how breaking down
barriers benefits newcomers to Ontario."
    The Internationally Educated Professional Agrologists Project is led by
the Ontario Institute of Agrologists (OIA) in Guelph. The educational program
enables newcomers to get qualified and registered in their profession, to
partner with a coach/mentor and to find work related to their areas of
    Agrologists are professionals who work in the agri-food industry and are
registered in a Canadian provincial institute of agrologists. They specialize
in areas such as farm management, biotechnology, agri-business and food
quality inspection.
    "The Internationally Educated Professional Agrologists Initiative is
showing the new face of agrology in Canada," said Carol Tyler, OIA Executive
Director. "Agrologists in this program come from over 26 countries and bring
international experience and linguistic skills to help Canadian firms compete
in international markets."
    Ontario has approximately 800 professional agrologists. When this
three-year initiative is completed, Ontario's labour force will have more
internationally educated professionals in this field than any other Canadian
    Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested over $53 million in over
90 bridging programs to help newcomers reach their full potential. These
programs provide newcomers with the language training and work experience they
need to work in various trades and professions.

    Breaking Down Barriers for Newcomers
    Today's announcement is just one more example of how, working together,
Ontarians have achieved results in helping to break down barriers for
newcomers. Other initiatives include:

    -   Negotiating the first-ever Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement,
        which provides an additional $920 million of federal funds for
        language training and settlement services over five years;
    -   The Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act, 2006, which became law
        in March 2007. The Act will ensure a fair, open and transparent
        process for obtaining registration and licensing in regulated
        professions for internationally trained individuals;
    -   Creating Global Experience Ontario, an Access and Resource Centre for
        the internationally trained;
    -   Establishing the first-ever Office of the Fairness Commissioner which
        is responsible for assessing registration and licensing practices;
    -   Increasing opportunities for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
        from 90 to 200 annually, including 218 new IMGs in training and
        assessment positions last year;
    -   Establishing the first provincial Internship for the Internationally
        Trained. Administered by Career Bridge, newcomers with a minimum of
        three years international work experience will be placed for six-
        month paid assignments within the Ontario Public Service and Crown
    -   Creating a Foreign Trained Professionals Loans Program providing up
        to $5,000 per person to cover assessment, training and exam costs;
    -   Launching an immigration web portal,, to
        support newcomers both in Ontario and abroad, prior to arrival.

    "By eliminating barriers that prevent internationally trained people from
working in their field, we are building the highly skilled work force Ontario
needs and securing our province's future," Colle said. "When newcomers
succeed, Ontario succeeds."

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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Rick Byun, Minister's Office,
(416) 325-3460; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010

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