Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

February 10, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Foreign-Trained Professionals Find Work in Environmental Sector

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2010) - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament for Calgary–Nose Hill, announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, that the Government of Canada is supporting a project to help better integrate foreign-trained workers into the Canadian workforce through an initiative with the environmental sector.

The Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada) will receive $1,294,865 in Foreign Credential Recognition Program funding for its Environmental Sector Immigration Strategy.

"Our government is committed to helping newcomers succeed in Canada," said Minister of State Ablonczy. "Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government is taking action to improve foreign credential recognition so that newcomers can maximize their talents. We are proud to support ECO Canada's Environmental Sector Immigration Strategy, because attracting the best international talent is vital to Canada's long-term economic success."

The funding will enable ECO Canada to create an assessment and job matching system that will help foreign-trained workers to find jobs in the environmental sector. This system will place skilled immigrants in areas with the highest demand, and will enhance their employment opportunities in Canada.

"ECO Canada is pleased to be part of this project as it aligns with our mandate of ensuring a sufficient supply of skilled professionals to address the labour requirements of the Canadian environmental sector," said Mr. Grant Trump, President and Chief Executive Officer, ECO Canada. "The Bridging component of this project provides an effective vehicle to link the environment sector's labour market demands with competent immigrants arriving in Canada with environmentally related education and experience." 

Canada's Economic Action Plan invested $50 million to work with the provinces and territories and other partners, such as employers, to address barriers to foreign credential recognition in Canada. This investment directly contributed to the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications, which was announced last November.

Under the Framework, 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. The Framework is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to have the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. 

With this $50-million investment, the Government will:

  • develop the principles that will guide the process of foreign credential recognition;
  • develop standards for the timely handling of requests;
  • identify key occupations that will be the priority for developing recognition standards; and
  • help people who want to come to Canada understand what they need to know before they arrive.

The Foreign Credential Recognition Program and the Foreign Credentials Referral Office are the key federal initiatives in place to support pan-Canadian implementation of the Framework.

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To help internationally trained workers find jobs in their career of choice, Canada's Economic Action Plan is investing $50 million over two years to make the process of assessing and recognizing foreign qualifications more efficient.

The objective of the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications is to articulate a new joint national vision, guiding principles and desired outcomes for improving the assessment and recognition of newcomers' qualifications.

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 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 Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) was established in May 2007 to help internationally trained workers receive the information, path-finding and referral services, in Canada and overseas, to have their credentials assessed quickly so they can find work faster in the fields for which they have been trained. The FCRO works with federal, provincial and territorial partners, and foreign credential assessment and recognition bodies, to strengthen foreign credential recognition processes across the country. Internet services for internationally trained workers can be found on the FCRO Web site at the following address:

The Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada) was established in 1992 as part of Canada's sector council initiative. The organization's services reach out to employers, practitioners, educators and students of the environmental sector. ECO Canada develops programs that help individuals build meaningful environmental careers, provides employers with resources to find and keep the best environmental practitioners, and informs educators and governments of employment trends in this growing sector. This organization has previously worked with the Foreign Credential Recognition Program to help build a strong network of services for skilled immigrants.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office