Ontario steps up efforts to help internationally trained newcomers

Also asks for 'same deal' with feds as other provinces
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/27/2011

Ontario is stepping up efforts to help internationally trained newcomers, such as doctors, practise in their profession sooner.

To improve fair access to the labour market and professions, Ontario's fairness commissioner will work with government, professional regulatory bodies and other partners to:

• review any proposed regulations prior to approval to help maximize opportunities for internationally trained medical professionals

• review entry-to-practise requirements, including mandatory Canadian experience, to eliminate unnecessary barriers while protecting quality in health care and other sectors.

The province is expanding community-based programs for international medical graduates, helping them proceed into their careers sooner to earn a living and help increase health-care access for Ontarians, said the government.

"It's time for international experience to be seen as an asset. We're taking active steps to help Ontario's talented newcomers find work in their fields and strengthen our economy,” said Eric Hoskins, minister of citizenship and immigration

The province is also calling on the federal government to give the province more power to help newcomers contribute to the economy. Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia are given more resources and more powers to help newcomers settle, train and succeed in their regions, said the government, and Ontario wants the same deal.

"Our diversity is a strength that helps Ontario to compete globally. Newcomers will have better access in their fields with these changes,” said Dalton McGuinty, premier of Ontario. “We also need a fair deal with the federal government for newcomers to succeed and support a strong, vibrant and diverse Ontario."

Ontario welcomes more immigrants than any other province — more than all Western, Atlantic provinces and all territories combined — according to the Ontario government.

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