Government of Canada helps internationally trained health care professionals get their credentials and experience recognized in Canada

News release

May 4, 2018                    Oakville, ON                    Employment and Social Development Canada

Helping internationally trained newcomers join the Canadian workforce faster will help grow the economy and strengthen the middle class.

That’s why today, John Oliver, Member of Parliament for Oakville, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a new project that will help internationally trained health care professionals get their credentials recognized faster.

The Government of Canada is investing almost $812,000 over the next two years in the Career Accelerator for Internationally Trained Health Professionals project. With this investment, the Halton Multicultural Council will help up to 160 highly skilled newcomers with experience and education in the health care sector plan for and secure equivalent career levels, overcome barriers, and gain Canadian professional work experience in order to reach their full labour market potential.

By funding this project, the Government is helping reduce barriers to employment for highly skilled newcomers and helping them find meaningful and long-term jobs in the Canadian workforce faster.

Quotes

“Helping newcomers obtain Canadian work experience in their professions will allow them to join the Canadian workforce faster, which is critical to growing our economy and strengthening the middle class. That’s why we are supporting newcomers to get work experience so they can kick-start their careers in Canada.”

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

"I am proud that our government is helping to reduce barriers and supporting newcomers as they put their skills to work across communities in Canada.This is especially important for people trained in the health care sector who can help fill growing vacancies in the field."

– John Oliver, Member of Parliament for Oakville

Quick facts

  • The health care sector is facing an aging workforce, particularly in Ontario. The shortage of health care professionals cannot be entirely fulfilled without highly skilled newcomers joining this sector.

  • Budget 2017 announced the Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers to help newcomers get their credentials recognized and obtain Canadian work experience more quickly so they can find jobs that suit their skills and experience.

  • The Strategy has three components: pre-arrival services, a permanent loans program and a pilot to help highly skilled newcomers obtain their first Canadian professional work experience.

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Contacts

Carlene Variyan
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
Carlene.Variyan@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
819-654-5611

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
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