The federal government recently announced the addition of a
number of occupations to the priority list, allowing for expedited
foreign credential assessment.
After immigrating to Canada, many new Canadians find that they
are unable to immediately seek out job opportunities in their
chosen profession due to their foreign credentials not translating
to Canada. This foreign credential assessment and equivalence
process can often result in new Canadians working in occupations
below their skill level while waiting for their credentials to be
reviewed, which can be a lengthy process.
Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney and
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander recently
announced efforts to streamline this credential recognition process
for individuals in particular occupations.
A "priority list" of 14 occupations including
engineers and dentists was already in existence prior to the
announcement, with 10 new occupations being added to bring the list
to a total of 24. Individuals in occupations on the priority list
can expect to see their foreign credential assessments fast tracked
and processed within one year.
Many skilled trades are among the new additions to the list,
including welders, carpenters, and electricians. Geo-scientists,
lawyers, heavy-duty equipment technicians, heavy equipment
operators, audiologists and speech language pathologists, midwives,
and psychologists round out the rest of the list of new priority
Faster foreign credential recognition should help new Canadians
to obtain work in their chosen field faster and should enable
Canadian employers to make use of the skilled workers that are
already present in Canada instead of relying on the Temporary
Foreign Worker (TFW) program.
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