Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

January 27, 2011 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helping Internationally Trained Professionals in New Brunswick

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

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Jan. 27, 2011) - The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick are supporting a project that will help internationally trained professionals find work that best suits their skills and experience.

The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, along with the Honourable Martine Coulombe, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour for New Brunswick.

"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 Minister Ashfield. "Through our Economic Action Plan, we are working with partners such as the Province of New Brunswick to improve foreign credential recognition so that newcomers can put their knowledge and skills to work sooner."

The Government of Canada is providing over $1.2 million in funding to the Government of New Brunswick for its project entitled Building Foreign Qualification Recognition Capacity in New Brunswick.

The project will contribute to a fair, transparent and timely system for the recognition of foreign credentials and work experience, and will create bridge-to-work programs to help skilled newcomers find jobs in their fields of expertise. Through this project, the Government of New Brunswick has also launched its own version of the Working in Canada online tool, where newcomers can access the province's latest labour market information, before and after arriving in Canada.

"This project will be of great benefit not only to newcomers to New Brunswick, but to the province itself," said Minister Coulombe. "Improving the system for recognizing foreign credentials will allow newcomers to integrate more easily into our province, and will yield positive results for our labour force."


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:

New Brunswick's Population Growth Secretariat was created in 2007 to address the issue of population decline. The Secretariat's strategic priorities are immigration and settlement; promoting multiculturalism; and retaining youth and repatriating former New Brunswickers. The Population Growth Secretariat collaborates with numerous external stakeholders and other government departments to meet its strategic goals. The list of programs and services available from the Secretariat can be accessed at the following address:

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