The Canadian government will assist foreign-trained health workers in finding jobs

healthcare professionals
  • June 7, 2022

The government of Canada has announced spending of $1.5 million to help foreign-trained health care professionals get their credentials recognized.

Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, announced on Monday a package of funding to help foreign-educated professionals fill important positions in Canada’s health care system in provinces other than Quebec.

As part of the expansion of Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s (CHEO’s) successful National Newcomer Navigation Network (N4), a platform will be created for internationally educated health care workers to access information on credential recognition.

Lalonde said CHEO has a proven track record of ensuring health and social service sector professionals are equipped with the skills and tools required for providing equitable care and services to newcomers.

“We are pleased to continue working with the National Newcomer Navigation Network to support health care professionals educated abroad in securing jobs in Canada’s health care sector.

“These services will help more newcomers succeed, while also helping to build a better future for all Canadians.”

This project aims to identify the challenges foreign health workers face in obtaining recognition for their credentials.

Furthermore, it aims to accelerate the process of credential recognition and eliminate barriers to working in the health care sector.

Finally, it will also make policy recommendations to address some of the above issues.

N4 was launched in April 2019 to help newcomers better access health and social services.


Credential Recognition in Quebec

Quebec has announced spending of $130 million in December to combat the problem of newcomers not being able to find jobs in their fields.

Over the next two years, the money will be used to develop projects in areas such as recruitment, skills assessment, personalized support, refresher training, and recognition of skills and credentials.

Six areas of action are outlined in the plan:

  1. Finding new talent – To provide recruiters with access to diverse talent pools, Quebec plans to use some of the funding to identify countries with similar professional training.
  1. Support for regulatory bodies and professional orders – Professional orders and regulatory bodies are to be encouraged to improve skills assessments, develop refresher training, and issue temporary restricted permits to certain workers to practice their professions.
  1. Personalized support for immigrants – Support services will be enhanced to offer help for specific skill recognition procedures. Candidates are to have access to services throughout the whole immigration process.
  1. Funding for refresher training and internships – Immigrants should have access to refresher training and internships from abroad and in Quebec in order to accelerate their skill recognition.
  1. Financial support for skills recognition – In addition to tuition fee exemptions, candidates can receive specific financial support for refresher training.
  1. Support for Quebec employers to evaluate foreign credentials – Employers in Quebec will be able to use an online tool to compare foreign diplomas to those issued by the Quebec school system.


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