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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of
Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism,
today announced close to $800,000 in funding to the National
Association of Career Colleges (NACC) to help internationally trained
workers who are unable to find work in their fields explore other
occupations within or related to their areas of expertise.
By working in partnership with employers, immigrant-serving organizations
and professional associations, NACC's Alternative Pathways for Newcomers project will help internationally trained workers choose a career path
that suits their skills and experience.
Specifically, NACC will make information on alternative careers
available to skilled newcomers, develop a website where they can access
information online and create regional information centres where
individuals and community organizations can access and share
information, so they can put their talents to use in communities across
Canada more quickly.
The project is expected to serve up to 5 000 skilled newcomers and to
involve 120 immigrant-serving organizations and 150 employers in its
The Government of Canada launched the Foreign Credential Recognition
Loans pilot project in 2012. In partnership with nine community
organizations across Canada, the project has delivered over 1 000 loans
to date to internationally trained workers to help them cover the costs
of having their credentials recognized, so they can find jobs that best
suit their skills and experience.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity, and we recognize that skilled newcomers help fill
shortages in key occupations and make an important contribution to
Canada's economy. Through this project, the Government will help
internationally trained workers apply their skills and experience in a
field related to their training and find jobs faster."
Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister
"Thanks to the federal government's financial support to this
initiative, the National Association of Career Colleges and our
partners will be able to help newcomers to find employment in fields of
work that they have experience in and passion for. This will enable
Canada to gain from their experience."
Serge Buy, Chief Executive Officer, NACC
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 a national framework that is streamlining foreign credential
recognition for priority occupations, including architects, nurses and
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, many in healthcare, 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.
For more information, please consult http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/credential_recognition/docs/pcf.pdf.
Government of Canada foreign credential recognition programs and
The Foreign Credential Recognition 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, 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.
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