Governments speed up foreign credential recognition

New framework ‘step in the right direction’
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/11/2010

Certain groups of foreign-trained professionals will know within one year of applying for certification whether their qualifications will be recognized by Canadian regulatory bodies under a new framework developed by the federal, provincial and territorial governments.

“What they’re trying to do is a step in the right direction, to set a baseline standard, and what we would hope to see is that those standards are higher and higher and, over time, that we get a better responsiveness, that immigrants get a quicker response to their applications,” said Elizabeth McIsaac, director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

Beginning in December 2010, foreign-trained architects, engineers and pharmacists will be among the first group of eight professions to be told if their qualifications meet Canadian standards of practice within one year of application.