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$1.6 million funding helps integration of broadly experienced foreign architects

The Government of Canada is funding a project that will make it easier for internationally-trained architects to find work in their field.

Architecture Canada will receive over $1.6 million in Foreign Credential Recognition Program funding for its project entitled Integration of Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects in Canada project.

“Attracting and retaining the best international talent to address existing and future labour market challenges is critical to Canada’s long-term economic success,” said Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. “Canada’s Economic Action Plan invested $50 million to improve foreign credential recognition so that newcomers can put their knowledge and skills to work sooner. When newcomers succeed, we strengthen the economy and improve the standard of living for all Canadians.”

Through this project, Architecture Canada will create a fair, efficient and timely pan-Canadian system for evaluating and licensing architects with international education and work experience. The organization will also work with Athabasca University to develop bridge-to-work programs and language training courses aimed at improving labour market integration for newcomers.

Courses will be offered at the new Centre of Architecture at Athabasca University in September 2011.

“Architecture Canada and the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities welcome the grant from the federal government to undertake this worthwhile study,” said Jim McKee, Executive Director of Architecture Canada. “The architectural profession is committed to increasing the number of architects in practice to provide services to our clients in Canada and abroad.”

Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is working with the provinces and territories and other partners, such as employers, to address barriers to foreign credential recognition in Canada. This partnership directly contributed to the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications, which was announced in November 2009.

Under the Framework, recognition of foreign credentials and experience will be streamlined for eight priority occupations, including architects. This means that foreign-trained workers who submit an application to be licensed or registered to work in certain fields will be advised within one year whether their qualifications will be recognized. Otherwise, they will be advised of additional requirements or be directed to alternative occupations that would benefit from their skills and experience.

Posted: Jun 2, 2011

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