Government of Canada helps 240 more internationally trained newcomers in Toronto get their credentials and experience recognized in Canada

News release

July 27, 2018                     Toronto, Ontario                          Employment and Social Development Canada

Helping internationally trained newcomers join the Canadian workforce faster will strengthen our middle class, help those working hard to join it, and grow our economy.

That’s why today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for York–South Weston, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a new project that will help about 240
internationally trained newcomers in Toronto get financial assistance and employment coaching to help them enter the Canadian workforce.

The Government of Canada is investing almost $1.29 million over the next eight years in the Learning Enrichment Foundation’s Support for Internationally Trained Individuals (SITI) project. With this investment, the Foundation will increase resources for internationally trained newcomers to get their credentials recognized in Canada, and increase access to low-interest loans to support the foreign credential recognition process.

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 assistance to have their foreign credentials recognized will allow them to join the Canadian workforce faster, which is critical to growing our economy and strengthening the middle class. Through projects like these, we are supporting newcomers to 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 support newcomers as they put their skills to work in communities across Canada. This is especially important for people trained in various fields who can help fill growing vacancies in their new country.”
– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for York–South Weston

“The Learning Enrichment Foundation and DUCA Credit Union are delighted to be initiating a project with the Government of Canada that will propel talented new Canadians into their fields of expertise, fully utilizing the training that they received before having the courage to come to Canada. A combination of loans, social supports and coaching is exactly what is needed for individuals to complete the Foreign Credential Recognition process and be able to best utilize their talents to in turn help Canada to grow.”
– Peter Frampton, Executive Director, Learning Enrichment Foundation

Quick facts

  • Budget 2017 announced the Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers to help highly skilled 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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Véronique Simard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
veronique.simard@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca


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