Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

February 16, 2011 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helping Foreign-Trained Professionals in Yukon

Canada's Economic Action Plan is helping new Canadians get jobs in their chosen fields

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2011) - The governments of Canada and Yukon are supporting a project that will help internationally trained professionals put their knowledge and skills to work sooner. Senator Daniel Lang made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"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 Senator Lang. "Through our Economic Action Plan, we are working with partners such as the Government of Yukon to improve foreign credential recognition so that newcomers can find work that best suits their skills and experience."

The Government of Canada is providing over $360,000 to the Government of Yukon for the second phase of its Foreign Credential Recognition Project. The project will contribute to a fair, transparent and timely system for recognizing foreign qualifications, and will create online bridge-to-work programs to help skilled newcomers find jobs in their fields. Additionally, the Government of Yukon will launch its own version of the Working in Canada online tool, where newcomers will be able to access up-to-date labour market information, before and after arriving in Canada.

"Improving the process for recognizing credentials will assist Yukon employers in securing workers with the in-demand skills required for their businesses to thrive," said the Honourable Patrick Rouble, Minister of Education for Yukon. "It will also help newcomers integrate more easily into Yukon."

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The Government of Canada, through its Economic Action Plan, is investing $50 million to work with the provinces and territories, and other stakeholders, to address barriers to foreign credential recognition. This investment directly contributed to the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

Under the Framework, foreign credential and experience recognition is being streamlined for key occupations, including several health care professions. This means that internationally trained professionals who submit an application to be licensed or registered to work in certain fields, along with all fees and relevant documents to process the application, will be advised within one year how their credentials compare to Canadian standards. They may also be advised of additional requirements or be directed to alternative occupations that would benefit from their skills and experience.

With the Economic Action Plan's $50-million investment, the Government is:

  • developing the principles that will guide the process of foreign credential recognition;

  • establishing standards for the timely handling of requests;

  • identifying key occupations that will be the priority for developing recognition standards; and

  • helping people who want to come to Canada understand what they need to know before they arrive.

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.

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 website at the following address:

The Government of Yukon, in partnership with employer stakeholders, recently released its Labour Market Framework Strategies, which include an Immigration Strategy. The Immigration Strategy identifies foreign credential recognition as a priority because of its role in optimizing the benefits that foreign-trained professionals bring to the labour force. More information about the Labour Market Framework Strategies can be found on the following website:

Contact Information

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