Government of Canada helps new Canadians get jobs faster
Helping internationally trained immigrants get jobs related to their fields
April 25, 2014 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Employment and Social Development Canada
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament for Richmond, announced over $2.5 million for a project to help underemployed new Canadians find alternative careers in Canada related to their field of study and education.
Minister Kenney stressed the importance of helping newcomers put their skills to work sooner. Through this project, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will help close to 300 skilled newcomers choose a career path suited to their skills and experience, while providing employers with a pool of talented workers.
Alternative careers can be an effective option for internationally trained workers who may require extensive additional training and testing to become licensed to practice in their fields.
The Government of Canada is streamlining foreign credential recognition so that internationally trained workers in 14 priority occupations can have their credentials assessed within one year, anywhere in Canada. This will benefit many people who are internationally trained in these occupations and who apply for licensing annually, including some 2,000 pharmacists, 1,200 dentists and 2,300 engineers.
In 2012, the Government of Canada launched the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans pilot project in partnership with nine community organizations across Canada, including S.U.C.C.E.S.S. This is helping internationally trained workers get their credentials recognized and find jobs in their fields more quickly.
To date, over 1,000 internationally trained workers have benefitted from microloans. S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has helped close to 500 skilled newcomers with microloans of up to $15,000.
“Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity. This initiative will help newcomers get jobs in their fields faster. This is good news for newcomers, good news for Canadian employers, and good news for the Canadian economy.”
– The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development
“Our government is helping newcomers succeed. For Canada to achieve its potential, immigrants and newcomers must have the opportunity to find work that best suits their skills and experience. By improving foreign credential recognition, we are ensuring skilled newcomers can enter the job market quickly.”
– The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
“The objective of this new exciting initiative is to address the lack of alternative career support for under-utilized newcomers. This national pilot project is a milestone for our organization. Thanks to the support from the Government of Canada, we will provide services for newcomers and employers in the Toronto area for the first time.”
– Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Employment and Social Development Canada: Credential Recognition
Applying for Foreign Credential Recognition Loans
A Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Credentials