Premiers agree to national labour mobility

Workers certified in one province will be recognized across the country by 2009
||Last Updated: 12/09/2008

The rest of Canada is following British Columbia and Alberta's lead to create true national labour mobility with the aim of allowing Canadians certified in one province to work anywhere in the country.

At the Council of Federation meeting in Quebec City, the premiers agreed to amend the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) as of Jan. 1, 2009 to allow any worker certified for an occupation in one province or territory to be recognized as qualified in that occupation in all other provinces and territories.

By the next council meeting in August 2009, there will be a full agreement by the provincial governments to accept credentials from other provinces, said Manitoba Premier Gary Doer.