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Government of Canada taking action on foreign credential recognition services overseas

The Government of Canada is committed to taking action on foreign credential recognition. Through Canada ’s Economic Action Plan, the federal government is investing $50 million over two years to work with the provinces and territories to develop a common approach to foreign credential recognition. The ultimate objective is to speed up the process of assessing and recognizing foreign qualifications.

Newcomers report the lack of foreign credential recognition as the key challenge when they immigrate to Canada . Through a pilot project managed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, orientation sessions are currently offered in Guangzhou ( China ), New Delhi ( India ) and Manila ( Philippines ). With additional funding, these services will be expanded and a fourth location will open in London ( United Kingdom ) in the fall of 2011. The sessions currently target people who apply to immigrate to Canada in the federal skilled worker category and will be expanded to include immigrants selected by provinces and territories as part of their Provincial Nominee programs.

The free sessions provide labour market information, individual advice and planning, and referrals to a wide range of services available in Canada . The orientation sessions will be complemented by occupation and sector-specific fact sheets, online tools and resources to help immigrants begin their licensure and accreditation process overseas. Tools will also be available to help with workplace integration, as well as the development of a personalized action plan using the Planning to Work in Canada ? An Essential Workbook for Newcomers developed by the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO ) at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Because not all immigrants will be able to take part in orientation sessions, the FCRO has also developed an on-line version of this action plan that is freely available to all at www.credentials.gc.ca.

As part of the Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has allocated $50M over two years (2009-2010) to support a common approach to foreign credential recognition (FCR ) to better integrate immigrants into the Canadian labour market. Further funding includes $21.2M (2007-2010) for the new Foreign Credential Referral Office created in May 2007, as well as several million dollars for the Foreign Credential Recognition Program. With the establishment of the FCRO , Service Canada received $18.5M (over 5 years, 2007-2012) with $3.6M ongoing to deliver FCR domestic service offerings.

Posted: Jul 2, 2010

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