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Credential Recognition For Canada Immigrants – The Ongoing Federal Government Plans

Author : Terry Chawla

There was a time when the immigrants to Canada enjoyed great employment opportunities. With the passage of time, especially since 1970s, the trend has deteriorated for some extremely valid reasons. It is important to highlight the three main causes to take the discussion further:

• Earlier, the majority of immigrants to Canada consisted of professionals from the UK and USA. Today, the numbers include immigrants from Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa and other regions, where English is not the primary language.

• The presence of too many stakeholders in the labor market and occupational sectors of the Canadian provinces. This has weakened the process of evaluating the credentials of the new Canadians.

• Finally, the Federal government didn’t have a strict skill evaluation system for a long time. It should be noted that Australia, which also uses point-based system to select professional immigrants, adopted a strict evaluation system more than a decade ago.

As a result of the inefficacy in credential recognition system of the country, three disappointing outcomes have surfaced over all these years:

• The unemployment rate for the Canadian immigrants has become twice that of the Canada-born professionals.

• The immigrants employed with international education and trainings are working at positions that are below their capability.

• The earnings of the foreign professionals visiting the country have significantly dropped.

• Labor shortage has erupted in a number of regions all over Canada.

It was in the 1980s that the shortcomings in the foreign credential recognitions were identified and the Federal government initiated numerous efforts to deal with them. Have a look at some important federal plans to break down the foreign professional recognition barriers.

Foreign Credential Recognition Program: The program was launched to fund different organizations making efforts to improve the recognition and evaluation of educational qualification and skills of the immigrants. These organizations include licensing bodies, educational institutes, corporate groups and so on.

Foreign Credentials Referral Office: It was set up to help the interested immigrants to get their qualifications and skills evaluated without any wastage of time. The step was taken to weed out the unfair and time-consuming procedures that were employed by the multiple licensing bodies.

Recent Human Resource Department Efforts: In a significant development, the Federal government’s Human Resource Department has recently announced a pilot project worth $18 million in this direction. The main objective of this plan will be to help those immigrating to Canada bear the cost for training and licensing exams.

It is obvious that the foreign immigrants to Canada have a great contribution in the growth of the country’s economy. Considering this, it is high time that the foreign credential recognition system works in the right manner to absorb the best working-age talent.

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