Speeding up recognition of foreign credentials in New Brunswick

Faster recognition will get internationally educated professionals in the right jobs quicker

Internationally educated professionals (IEPs) in New Brunswick will soon be able to have their foreign credentials recognized faster, which will help them land jobs that match their qualifications and experiences more quickly, thanks to a new program.

"This project will be a great benefit, not only to newcomers to New Brunswick, but to the province itself," said New Brunswick Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Martine Coulombe.

"Improving the system for recognizing foreign credentials will allow newcomers to integrate more easily into our province and will yield positive results for our labour force."

The Building Foreign Qualification Recognition Capacity in New Brunswick project will contribute to a fair, transparent and timely system for the recognition of foreign credentials and work experience, and will create bridge-to-work programs to help skilled newcomers find jobs in their fields of expertise, said Coulombe.

The federal government is providing $1.2 million of funding to support the project.

"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 National Revenue Minister Keith Ashfield, who is also minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and minister for the Atlantic Gateway.

The project will also launch a New Brunswick version of the Working in Canada online tool, where newcomers can access the province's latest labour market information, both before and after arriving in Canada.

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