Priority occupations in skilled trades receive improved foreign credential recognition

July 21, 2014

Priority occupations in skilled trades receive improved foreign credential recognition


The federal government, in partnership with the provinces and territories, will improve foreign credential recognition for 10 additional priority occupations in areas such as the skilled trades and healthcare.

The 10 new priority occupations are: carpenters, electricians, heavy duty equipment technicians, heavy equipment operators, welders, geoscientists, audiologists and speech language pathologists, midwives, psychologists, and lawyers.

“To ensure that immigration continues to support our future prosperity, our government is building a faster and more flexible immigration system that ensures this country attracts the best newcomers who are able to contribute to their communities and the Canadian economy while helping address Canada’s labour market needs. This includes the launch of Express Entry next January, which will revolutionize the way we attract skilled immigrants and get them working here faster,” said Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander in a news release.

Occupations in the skilled trades were selected because they are in demand in some sectors and regions of the country, while occupations in health care were emphasized because they help address skills shortages and improve the quality of life of Canadians.

These occupations are part of a national framework that aims to streamline foreign credential recognition for priority occupations. For priority occupations, service standards are established so that internationally trained professionals can have their qualifications assessed within one year, anywhere in Canada.

Under the Framework, high-skilled newcomers in the 14 priority occupations, including some 2,000 pharmacists, 1,200 dentists and 5,600 engineers, are already benefitting from improvements to foreign credential recognition.


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