New project in B.C. to help internationally trained professionals

$4 million in funding from federal government for 'fair, timely process'
||Last Updated: 02/01/2011

Internationally trained professionals should be able to put their knowledge and skills to work sooner with the launch of a new project in British Columbia. The federal government is providing more than $4 million in funding to the British Columbia Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development to help the province establish “a fair and timely process” to recognize foreign credentials so skilled newcomers can find jobs in their fields. Internationally trained professionals will also benefit from bridge-to-work and mentorship programs in various occupations.

"Attracting and retaining the best international talent to address existing and future labour market challenges is critical to Canada's long-term economic success," said Stockwell Day, president of the Treasury Board, minister for the Asia-Pacific gateway and minister responsible for British Columbia. "Through our Economic Action Plan, we are working with partners such as the province of British Columbia to improve foreign credential recognition so that newcomers can maximize their talents."

Additionally, the province will launch its own version of the Working in Canada online tool, so newcomers can access up-to-date labour market information, before and after arriving in Canada.