Learn more about foreign credential recognition in Canada
Working in Canada
Newcomers who want to work in jobs that require a licence or certificate must have their foreign licences and certificates recognized. The process of verifying that the training, education and/or experience obtained in another country meet the federal, provincial or territorial standards is foreign credential recognition.
Learn about your occupation and how to get your credentials recognized
Regulated occupations require a licence or certificate to work in Canada.
- The authority for most regulated occupations in Canada lies with provincial and territorial governments. They often delegate this authority to regulatory authorities in their jurisdiction
- Regulatory authorities set the requirements to obtain certification or licensure as a condition of employment
Approximately 20% of occupations in Canada are regulated.
Examples of regulated occupations include:
Most occupations in Canada are non-regulated. This means that you do not typically require a licence or certificate.
Examples of occupations that are not regulated:
- computer programmer
- hotel manager
- marketing executive
- sales representative
- web designer
The Foreign Credential Recognition in Canada Tool provides newcomers with information on job requirements such as:
- if your job is in a regulated occupation
- who is the regulatory body
- if there are available jobs
- what is the pay, and more
Get your credentials recognized
Follow the steps at Get your credentials assessed to get started.
Loans and Support Services
The foreign credential recognition process can take time, money and effort. The following organizations are funded through the Foreign Credential Recognition Program to provide loans and support services to help you navigate the process.
Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia (ISSofBC)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF)
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)
Surrey, British Columbia
Supporting Employment and Economic Development (SEED) Winnipeg Inc.
Calgary, Alberta (Services offered nationally)
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