Former MP to help immigrants

In her new role, Jean Augustine wants to see foreign-trained professionals get a fair shake
By Carly Foster
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2007

It’s fitting that, after a lifetime of breaking down barriers for immigrants, Jean Augustine has been nominated as Ontario’s first fairness commissioner.

Augustine, the first black woman elected to Canada’s Parliament and the first to hold a cabinet post, will work with regulatory bodies to ensure the credentials of foreign-trained professionals are evaluated fairly — a move that will open many doors for immigrants.

“Regulated bodies ensure a quick assessment (of credentials), and that’s where we need to put our emphasis,” Augustine said. “In a number of cases, once you are licensed, once you are qualified by the rules of these regulated bodies, then employers seem to have no problems.”