Canada wants foreign workers credentials to be assessed before they move

by Ray Clancy on April 2, 2012

Designated organisations to check credentials before workers enter Canada

Canada is proposing a major change to how foreign skilled workers’ education credentials are assessed, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced.

The proposed new requirement would mean that applicants wanting to immigrate as Federal Skilled Workers would have their foreign education credentials assessed and verified by designated organisations before they arrive in Canada.

‘Our Government is building an immigration system that is focused on economic growth and ensuring that all Canadians, including immigrants, are able to contribute to their maximum capacity,’ said Kenney.

‘By having their foreign education credentials assessed before their arrival to Canada, foreign skilled workers will have a better sense of how their credentials fit into the Canadian labour market and will be able to contribute their full skill set to the economy more quickly. This proposal is part of a broader package of transformational changes that will make Canada’s immigration policies work better for the Canadian economy,’ he explained.

Officials believe that a pre-arrival assessment would let applicants know how their education credentials compare to Canadian credentials and it will give immigrants a sense of how Canadian employers are likely to value their education.

And they hope that it will also screen out people without proper education levels and is an important step in helping to address the problem of immigrants arriving and not being able to work in their field.

The assessment of international educational credentials would not mean that Federal Skilled Workers would automatically find employment in Canada commensurate with their skills nor would it guarantee that they would become licensed to practice in a regulated occupation. Applicants who intend to work in a regulated profession would likely need to have their qualifications assessed in greater depth for purposes of licensure by a regulatory body specific to their profession and intended province of work.

‘Internationally trained workers make an important contribution to Canada’s job market and the economy. That’s why our Government is working in partnership to improve foreign credential recognition so that skilled newcomers can put their knowledge and skills to work sooner,’ said Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

Kenney has also released the 2011 Government of Canada Progress Report on Foreign Credential Recognition. The annual report, led by the Foreign Credentials Referral Office, highlights achievements made by Citizenship and Immigration Canada , Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and Health Canada to help foreign trained individuals integrate into the Canadian workforce.

It includes the expansion of the Canadian Immigration Integration Program (CIIP), which is designed and managed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. CIIP currently offers pre-arrival orientation sessions in up to 25 countries, based on demand.

There is a new assessment and bridging programme to help internationally educated nurses meet regulatory requirements for licensure across Canada and an International Qualifications Network Website for stakeholders to share information and best practices in credential assessment.

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Shashi April 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm

The idea of having education credentials assessed and verified by designated organisations before skilled workers arrive in Canada, is very good.

Unfortunately this is not going to help much. Reason is the biggest restriction / barrier of CANADIAN EXPERIENCE for licence to practice as a professional in this country.

Federal and province government should offer an opportunity to immigrants to acquire in their department/s. There is only one way talk from policy designer. They have neve tried to know from the sufferer in this matter. I would suggest policy make just to send a letter to the immigrants and find out whether they are ready to work (even without any salary) to gain this Canadian experience for their licence requirement ?.

I am very much confident that more than 90 % professional will say "YES".



Raihan April 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Good God ! .Minister Kenny is blindly aping the Australian and New Zealand system. Sadly the system of Skills Assessment and Credential Evaluation did nothing for post landing employment of most immigrants. What is good for the goose may not be good for the gander !!!!
Kenny seems to be under the misconception that First Stringers are keen to immigrate to Canada. No. Sir. Canada is the last choice. The see-saw laws introduced by Kenny in his tenure has didillusioned even the second stringers.
Lastly China and India provide 75% of immigrants to Canada. In 3 decades Chin and India will be Super economies. The migration will reduce and stop. Where will Canada get immigrants from?
Mr Minister please wake up and make laws. remebre Gose and Gander?


tigercop2020 April 15, 2012 at 3:31 am

Hello all friends expats. I am new member here and I am in the USA and planning to move to Cebu City, Philippines very soon.
I need advise from any one of you please in Canada for a lady friend of mine. My lady friends is a Filipina, who is presently in UK with a student working visa passport. She was applied for it way back in Manila, Philippines where she is from. She works and go to a class in UK as per health carer contract. Her contract is about to expire few months from now. she is working in a Home Care facility in UK. She is a RN and Management graduate in Manila. She wanted to continue working in Canada instead of going back to the Philippines and become un employed. Her husband left her with the 3 high school and college kids supporting them all by her self..Can anybody here please give some help how she can move to Canada and land a job before her UK contract expire this few months?


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