Government of Canada invites proposals for projects to help newcomers enter the job market faster

News release

March 7, 2019                   Thunder Bay, Ontario              Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada is recognized as an international leader in the settlement and integration of newcomers. However, internationally trained newcomers to Canada often face challenges in getting their credentials recognized so that they can find good-quality jobs. The Government of Canada is helping newcomers get their credentials recognized and gain their first Canadian work experience so they can put their education and skills to work sooner in Canada.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, launched a Call for Concepts under the Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Program. The total funding for this Call for Concepts is up to $10 million, which will fund approximately 15 projects to help newcomers find work.

The Government is seeking innovative and collaborative concepts from stakeholders that address specific barriers to the integration of highly skilled newcomers into the Canadian labour market. Helping people, including internationally trained newcomers, find and keep good, well-paying jobs, is part of our government’s plan to grow our economy and strengthen the middle class.


“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 this Call for Concepts, we are giving more newcomers a fair chance at success in Canada.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“There is nothing more disappointing than seeing talent and experience going to waste when newcomers cannot move smoothly and quickly into the workforce in Canada due to credential and accreditation issues. Our region needs highly skilled individuals to fill gaps in the labour market that are hard to fill. Any progress on accreditation and recognition of skills and experience of newcomers would help meet the needs of employers and grow our economy. An improved system that could assess and recognize the international credentials and work experience that individuals have acquired in other countries would both assist newcomers and help reassure employers.”
Cathy Woodbeck, Executive Director, Thunder Bay Multicultural Association

Quick facts

  • The FCR Loans project delivers up to $15,000 to eligible recipients to cover costs of getting their credentials recognized and provides direct employment supports.

  • The Innovation and Skilled Newcomer Employment Call for Concepts addresses the third component of the Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers—assistance to acquire first Canadian work experience in their profession or in a field related to their profession.

  • Recent immigrants have a lower employment rate (62.2%) than non-immigrants (71.7%) according to the 2016 Census.

  • Visible minority newcomer women are more likely to be unemployed. The unemployment rate of visible minority newcomer women (9.7%) is higher than that of visible minority (8.5%) and non-visible minority (6.4%) newcomer men, based on the 2016 Census.

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