Today, IRCC Minister Sean Fraser launched a request for proposals under the Foreign Credential Recognition Program on behalf of Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion.
Canadian government is now realizing that half of all newcomers to Canada have a bachelor’s degree or above.
Despite their educational achievements, skilled newcomers in all sectors confront higher unemployment than Canadian-born citizens and are less likely to work in the regulated vocations for which they have trained.
Numerous occupations, including physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and medical laboratory technicians, are experiencing severe shortages.
According to a Statistics Canada analysis, talented entrants are underutilized in the health sector, with 47% of skilled newcomers with a health education from overseas jobless or underemployed in non-health professions requiring only a high school diploma.
As per today’s announcement up to $90 million will be spent in projects that will assist remove obstacles that prohibit qualified and talented immigrants from getting Canadian work experience in their field of study or profession.
According to the press release, projects must focus on at least one of the following areas to be eligible:
- Reducing obstacles to foreign credential recognition for internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) through enhancing recognition processes, streamlining credential recognition stages, and expanding access to field practise.
- Providing IEHPs with appropriate Canadian work experience for their preferred fields of employment, while also providing wrap-around services for participants such as childcare and transportation costs, as well as mentoring and coaching.
- Facilitating labour mobility between Canadian jurisdictions for health care professionals and IEHPs is order to minimize structural and administrative barriers for health care professionals who seek to work in another Canadian jurisdiction.
Successful projects must involve at least one of the following acceptable activities, according to the call for proposals:
- Development, testing, and implementation of credential recognition systems with an emphasis on reducing regulatory processes and/or harmonisation of occupational standards in order to increase international credential recognition and/or interprovincial labour mobility.
- Wage subsidies, job placements, and mentorship are provided to IEHPs to assist them in integrating into the Canadian labour market.
- Organizations can apply for financing through this request for ideas until January 30, 2023.
- Successful projects will be awarded a minimum of $500,000 and a maximum of $10 million.
Provincial, territorial, and local governments, regulatory agencies, professional associations, industrial associations, unions, post-secondary universities, hospitals and healthcare facilities, and not-for-profit organizations will be eligible receivers.