Pan-Canadian Framework important step to ensure topnotch Canadian workforce

TORONTO, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - The Canadian Migration Institute (CMI) lauds the new Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for its foresight into ensuring a topnotch workforce in Canada.

"For years, Canada's immigration system has not been able to compete globally and meet Canada's workforce shortages. The new framework introduced by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments is a step in the right direction towards maximizing the full potential of Canada's immigrants," said Imran Qayyum, Chair of CMI. "For too long, well qualified foreign trained workers hit a wall upon arriving in Canada because their foreign qualifications were not recognized by the various Provincial professional regulators."

Newcomers to Canada have not been able to use their skills and work to their full potential upon arriving in Canada because the process for newcomers to have their education, skills and experience recognized in Canada was too difficult. This reality has had a serious impact on Canada's economy because foreign trained workers were forced to seek service oriented jobs.

"The foreign trained doctor driving a taxi cab when Canada faces an acute shortage of physicians is a problem that the governments need to overcome," added Mr. Qayyum. "I know from personal experience that Canada has lost well qualified physicians to other countries who have more aggressive policies in place to attract and accredit foreign qualified doctors. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and their Provincial and Territorial counterparts are to be congratulated on this new framework which will address some of the shortcomings found in Canada's current system."

The role of the Canadian Migration Institute ( is to provide a platform for authorized representatives to work collaboratively together to enhance their profession. To do this CMI has implemented various strategies for growth and development. CMI has several chapters throughout Canada to provide regional support through accredited educational programs, advocacy on provincial issues and a local network for interaction and connection amongst authorized representatives.


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