News Feed Item

Harper Government Helps Over 140 Internationally Trained Professionals in Manitoba Find Jobs in Their Field

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/12/12 -- The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that skilled newcomers in Manitoba will receive financial assistance to help them have their education and experience recognized so they can find jobs in their fields faster. Minister Finley made the announcement with the Honourable Christine Melnick, Manitoba's Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

"Our Government's top priorities are job creation and economic growth and we need to address the growing skills and labour shortages faced by many regions of the country," said Minister Finley. "By partnering with the Government of Manitoba and organizations like SEED Winnipeg to help internationally trained professionals put their skills to work sooner, we are working together for Canada's long-term prosperity."

Under the Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loans Pilot, Supporting Employment and Economic Development (SEED) Winnipeg is receiving over $1.2 million to provide loans to internationally trained professionals so they can become licensed to work in their fields. This funding will enable SEED Winnipeg to help more than 140 skilled newcomers over the next two years.

"Skilled immigrants from abroad play an important role in helping to address current and future labour demands in our province," said Minister Melnick. "These micro-loans will help to ensure that our internationally trained immigrants are able to contribute their skills and abilities to our workforce and communities."

For many internationally trained professionals, the cost of licensing exams, training and skills upgrading can present a significant barrier to credential recognition and getting work in their fields. The FCR Loans Pilot is implementing projects across Canada that provide financial assistance to internationally trained professionals to lessen some of these financial burdens. Delivered in partnership with community organizations, these micro-loans will make it easier for internationally trained professionals to find jobs that best suit their skills and experience.

"We all know dentists, engineers or nurses who are driving cabs or cleaning offices so they can support their families," said Cindy Coker, Executive Director of SEED Winnipeg. "This program helps ensure that newcomers who are not able to work in their chosen fields can get the certification, upgrading or training they need to have their education and experience recognized and contribute to build Manitoba's economy."

In addition, the Harper Government is continuing to collaborate with the Government of Manitoba to improve foreign credential recognition by investing an additional $1.4 million to renew the Foreign Qualification Recognition in Manitoba project. It has been renewed so that internationally trained professionals in the province can continue to access the information, training and work experience they need to prepare for licensing exams and find good jobs.

The FCR Loans Pilot complements the significant investments that the Government of Canada has made in recent years to help new Canadians succeed.

Follow us on Twitter


This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.


The Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Pilot

Following a commitment made in Economic Action Plan 2011, the Harper Government launched the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Pilot to test innovative and sustainable ways to help internationally trained professionals cover costs associated with the foreign credential recognition process. The Pilot will provide $18 million in funding to community-based partners-such as non-government and non-profit organizations-to increase their capacity to deliver financial assistance to eligible professionals.

SEED Winnipeg is the fifth organization to receive funding under the FCR Loans Pilot. Similar projects have been announced with Immigrant Access Fund Alberta, Immigrant Access Fund Saskatchewan, WIL Employment Connections of Ontario and S.U.C.C.E.S.S British Columbia. This innovative, community-based initiative is another example of how the federal government is working in partnership to help internationally trained professionals.

The Government of Canada is continuing to collaborate with the Government of Manitoba to improve foreign credential recognition by investing an additional $1.4 million to renew a project entitled Foreign Qualification Recognition in Manitoba. The objective of this project is is to help integrate skilled newcomers into Manitoba's labour market through post-secondary training and bridge-to-work programs that will help them obtain the experience they need to enter their field of choice. For example, the $1.4 million investment will help to support Manitoba Start, which provides employment services, such as licensing and retraining support, and job matching that connects internationally trained professionals with local employers. This project received $1.2 million in 2010.

The Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

Canada's Economic Action Plan invested $50 million to work with the provinces and territories and other stakeholders to improve foreign credential recognition. This partnership led to the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

Under the Framework, internationally trained professionals who submit an application to be licensed or registered to work in certain fields, along with all fees and relevant documents needed to process the application, will be advised within one year how their credentials compare to Canadian standards. They may also be advised of additional requirements or be directed to alternative occupations that would benefit from their skills and experience.

For more information on the Framework, please consult: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/publications/fcr/pcf.shtml.

The Harper Government's Foreign Credential Recognition Program and Services

The Foreign Credential Recognition Program aims to improve the integration of internationally trained workers into the workforce. The Program provides funding and works with the provinces and territories and other stakeholders-including regulatory bodies, post-secondary institutions, sector councils and employers-to implement projects that facilitate the assessment and recognition of qualifications acquired in other countries.

Established in May 2007, the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) provides information and path-finding and referral services, both in Canada and overseas, to help internationally trained workers have their credentials assessed quickly so they can find work faster in the fields in which they have been trained.

The FCRO works with federal, provincial and territorial partners, as well as with credential assessment and recognition bodies, to strengthen foreign credential recognition processes across the country. Internet-based services for internationally trained workers can be found on the FCRO website at www.credentials.gc.ca.

Established in 2005, the Internationally Educated Health Professionals Initiative works with provinces, territories and stakeholders to help more internationally educated health professionals put their skills to work in Canada's health system.

Supporting Employment and Economic Development (SEED) Winnipeg works to reduce poverty and assist in the renewal of primarily inner city communities by providing capacity building services that assist low-income individuals, groups, organizations and economically distressed neighborhoods to improve their social and economic vitality.

Marian Ngo
Office of Minister Finley

Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
"There's plenty of bandwidth out there but it's never in the right place. So what Cedexis does is uses data to work out the best pathways to get data from the origin to the person who wants to get it," explained Simon Jones, Evangelist and Head of Marketing at Cedexis, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial C...
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term.
To Really Work for Enterprises, MultiCloud Adoption Requires Far Better and Inclusive Cloud Monitoring and Cost Management … But How? Overwhelmingly, even as enterprises have adopted cloud computing and are expanding to multi-cloud computing, IT leaders remain concerned about how to monitor, manage and control costs across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. It’s clear that traditional IT monitoring and management approaches, designed after all for on-premises data centers, are falling short in ...
With privacy often voiced as the primary concern when using cloud based services, SyncriBox was designed to ensure that the software remains completely under the customer's control. Having both the source and destination files remain under the user?s control, there are no privacy or security issues. Since files are synchronized using Syncrify Server, no third party ever sees these files.
Mobile device usage has increased exponentially during the past several years, as consumers rely on handhelds for everything from news and weather to banking and purchases. What can we expect in the next few years? The way in which we interact with our devices will fundamentally change, as businesses leverage Artificial Intelligence. We already see this taking shape as businesses leverage AI for cost savings and customer responsiveness. This trend will continue, as AI is used for more sophistica...
"We are an integrator of carrier ethernet and bandwidth to get people to connect to the cloud, to the SaaS providers, and the IaaS providers all on ethernet," explained Paul Mako, CEO & CTO of Massive Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
I believe that this may finally be the year that the CIO role ‘crosses the Rubicon,' leaving behind its traditional, IT-focused orientation. But I don't believe that either of the previous predictions of this outcome — fading into oblivion or rising to a business executive level — is correct. Instead, I think this is the year that we will see the role of the CIO transformed into something altogether different.
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
"Calligo is a cloud service provider with data privacy at the heart of what we do. We are a typical Infrastructure as a Service cloud provider but it's been designed around data privacy," explained Julian Box, CEO and co-founder of Calligo, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"NetApp is known as a data management leader but we do a lot more than just data management on-prem with the data centers of our customers. We're also big in the hybrid cloud," explained Wes Talbert, Principal Architect at NetApp, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.