Foreign Credential Recognition Program: Approved Projects

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Foreign Credential Recognition Program: Approved Projects
Start date Organization Project title Location of organization ESDC contribution
2018-09-17 ACCESS Community Capital Fund (ACCF) FCR (Foreign Credential Recognition) Loans Toronto, ON $1,577,872
2018-09-10 The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) Supports for Internationally Trained Individuals (SITI) Toronto, ON $1,288,746
2018-07-16 Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre Niagara Foreign Credential Recognition Program Welland, ON $699,970
2018-07-03 Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS) Technology, Education and Health Sectors: Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Project Surrey, BC $2,655,214
2018-05-18 Association for the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women (ANIW) Breaking Through: International Trained Dentist Accessing Licensure Calgary, AB $475,904
2018-05-14 Halton Multicultural Council (HMC) Career Accelerator for Internationally Trained Health Professionals Oakville, ON $953,500
2018-05-08 Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO) Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations Foreign Qualification Recognition (ACPRO FQR) Project Regina, SK $609,651
2018-05-01 WIL Employment Connections (WIL) Counselling for Alternative Employment Pathways London, ON $338,760
2018-05-01 Job Skills Employment and Business Programs and Supports (Job Skills) On-Line Bridge to Human Resources Newmarket, ON $1,088,607
2018-04-23 Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) of Canada Coach Connect - An employment-readiness initiative for digital/ information and communications technology newcomers Ottawa, ON $1,143,649
2018-02-26 Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) Development of a Pan-Canadian Paramedic Equivalency Assessment System Ladysmith, BC $474,402
2018-02-26 The Société Économique de l’Ontario Mentorship Program for Skilled Newcomers in Ontario OLMCs Ottawa, ON $634,795
2018-01-29 Geoscientists Canada Admissions Support Tools (AST) Project Phase II Burnaby, BC $589,538
2018-01-15 Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) Canadian Work Experience Pilots Evaluation: A Comparative Evaluation and Analysis Ottawa, ON
Vancouver, BC
$493,525
2017-12-11 Multi-lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC) Immigrant Women’s Employment Readiness Connections Program Vancouver, BC $479,250
2017-12-01 Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Canadian Work Experience Initiative Evaluation: Mentoring Toronto, ON $520,299
2017-12-01 The Centre for Education and Training (TCET) SetCan - Skills & Experience Transitioning Canada Mississauga, ON $592,363
2017-12-01 College of Dental Technologists of Ontario (CDTO) Access to Dental Technology Project Scarborough, ON $687,553
2017-11-14 Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS) Pathways to Credential Recognition of Foreign Trained Land Surveyors Ottawa, ON $185,867
2017-11-01 Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada) Overcoming Labour Market Barriers for Highly Skilled Immigrants in the Environmental Sector Calgary, AB $577,808
2017-10-16 British Columbia (BC) Association for Crane Safety Canada / European Union Crane Operator Credential Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Project Vancouver, BC $879,008
2017-08-21 BioTalent Canada The BioReady Paid Internship Program for Internationally Educated Professionals Ottawa, ON $479,021
2017-07-04 Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada CPA Canada’s Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) for International Accountants and Certified Aboriginal Financial Managers (CAFM) Pilot Toronto, ON $1,735,000
2017-07-04 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Pre-Arrival Assessment of Architects Ottawa, ON $1,501,921
2016-10-17 Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators (CAASPR) The Centralization and Capacity-Building Project Ottawa, ON $1,358,011
2016-08-29 Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA) Accelerated Skills Assessment, Alternative Careers, and Job Matching for Aviation and Aerospace Ottawa, ON $871,495
2016-04-14 Government of Newfoundland and Labrador: Department of Advanced Education and Skills Foreign Qualification Recognition in Newfoundland and Labrador: Developing Provincial Capacity St. John's, NL $800,000
2015-05-04 Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Streamlined and Equitable Assessment for Foreign-Trained Physicians Ottawa, ON $7,851,388

List of approved projects:

2018

Project title
FCR (Foreign Credential Recognition) Loans

Organization
ACCESS Community Capital Fund (ACCF)

Location of organization
Toronto, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$1,577,872

Start date
2018-09-17

End date
2026-09-16

Project description
The ACCESS Community Capital Fund (ACCF) will partner with a financial institution to provide loans to eligible internationally-trained individuals. These loans will be used to help cover expenses related to credential assessments and other foreign credential recognition activities. ACCF will also provide participants with support services, such as access to training, re-certification, alternative certification, career placement, and career and financial counselling.

Project title
Supports for Internationally Trained Individuals (SITI)

Organization
The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF)

Location of organization
Toronto, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$1,288,746

Start date
2018-09-10

End date
2026-09-09

Project description
The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) will partner with a financial institution to provide loans to eligible internationally-trained individuals. These loans will be used to help cover expenses related to credential assessments and other foreign credential recognition activities. LEF will also provide participants with support services, such as access to training, re-certification, alternative certification, career placement, and career and financial counselling.

Project title
Niagara Foreign Credential Recognition Program

Organization
Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre

Location of organization
Welland, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$699,970

Start date
2018-07-16

End date
2026-07-16

Project description
The Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre will partner with a financial institution to provide loans to eligible internationally-trained individuals. These loans will be used to help cover expenses related to credential assessments and other foreign credential recognition activities. The Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre will also provide participants with support services, such as access to training, re-certification, alternative certification, career placement, and career and financial counselling.

Project title
Technology, Education and Health Sectors: Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Project

Organization
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

Location of organization
Surrey, British Columbia

ESDC contribution
$2,655,214

Start date
2018-07-03

End date
2026-06-30

Project description
The Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS) will partner with a financial institution to provide loans to eligible internationally-trained individuals. These loans will be used to help cover expenses related to credential assessments and other foreign credential recognition activities. PICS will also provide participants with support services, such as access to training, re-certification, alternative certification, career placement, and career and financial counselling.

Project title
Breaking Through: International Trained Dentist Accessing Licensure

Organization
Association for the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women (ANIW)

Location of organization
Calgary, Alberta

ESDC contribution
$475,904

Start date
2018-05-18

End date
2020-07-31

Project description
The Association for the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women (ANIW) will pilot a project that will help internationally-trained dentists prepare for the dental certification exams in Canada. The project will also develop networking and mentoring structures to support participants in trying to build professional connections within the dentistry community.

Project title
Career Accelerator for Internationally Trained Health Professionals

Organization
Halton Multicultural Council (HMC)

Location of organization
Oakville, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$953,500

Start date
2018-05-14

End date
2020-05-13

Project description
The Halton Multicultural Council (HMC) will provide training, workshops, mentoring, and implement internships in Oakville, Ontario. The project will help highly skilled newcomers in the health or social service sector plan for and secure a career commensurate to their existing education and experience from their country of origin. The project will help highly skilled newcomers overcome barriers and gain Canadian work experience.

Project title
ACPRO FQR Project

Organization
Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO)

Location of organization
Regina, Saskatchewan

ESDC contribution
$609,651

Start date
2018-05-08

End date
2020-04-30

Project description
The Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO) will develop and launch a bilingual web-based single point of entry for foreign-trained psychology professionals seeking validation and preliminary assessment of qualifications for license registration in Canada. This project will assist internationally-trained psychologists to identify the necessary work experience competencies required to become licensed in Canada, as well as related career opportunities within the field.

Project title
Counselling for Alternative Employment Pathways

Organization
WIL Employment Connections (WIL)

Location of organization
London, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$338,760

Start date
2018-05-01

End date
2020-04-30

Project description
WIL Employment Connections (WIL) will help internationally trained professionals throughout Southwestern Ontario identify alternative employment pathways until licensure/certification is achieved, or determine permanent viable career alternatives.

Project title
On-Line Bridge to HR

Organization
Job Skills Employment and Business Programs and Supports (Job Skills)

Location of organization
Newmarket, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$1,088,607

Start date
2018-05-01

End date
2020-04-30

Project description
Job Skills Employment and Business Programs and Supports (Job Skills) will implement a national online bridging program to support foreign-trained Human Resources (HR) professionals, with access to essential workplace training and paid Canadian work experience. This project will contribute to the reduction of barriers, meaningful and long-term employment opportunities for highly skilled newcomers, and allow for quicker integration into the Canadian labour market while helping to meet the current and future demand of the HR sector.

Project title
Coach Connect - An Employment-readiness Initiative for Digital/ Information and Communications Technology Newcomers

Organization
Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) of Canada

Location of organization
Ottawa, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$1,143,649

Start date
2018-04-23

End date
2020-04-22

Project description
The Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC) will pilot a national employment readiness initiative by developing online skills training for highly skilled newcomers with a background in the information and communication technology sector. It will also supply employment preparation coaching and work placement opportunities to improve labour market integration outcomes for highly skilled newcomers. 

Project title
Development of a Pan-Canadian Paramedic Equivalency Assessment System

Organization
Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR)

Location of organization
Ladysmith, British Columbia

ESDC contribution
$474,402

Start date
2018-02-26

End date
2020-02-25

Project description
The Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) will develop a standardized assessment system and a national pan-Canadian single point of entry for foreign-trained paramedics and retired Canadian Armed Forces medical technicians. This project will assist paramedics in meeting the current and future demands of the paramedic profession and ensure that regulators are providing consistent and fair assessments of applications. 

Project title
Mentorship Program for Skilled Newcomers in Ontario’s Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs)

Organization
La Société Économique de l'Ontario

Location of organization
Ottawa, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$634,795

Start date
2018-02-26

End date
2020-02-25

Project description
The Société Économique de l’Ontario will test a structured mentoring program across Ontario, including some northern regions of the province for highly skilled Francophone newcomers who lack work experience in the Canadian labour market.

Project title
Admissions Support Tools (AST) Project Phase II

Organization
Geoscientists Canada

Location of organization
Burnaby, British Columbia

ESDC contribution
$589,538

Start date
2018-01-29

End date
2020-01-24

Project description
Geoscientists Canada will develop assessment tools and a national bilingual online module to evaluate internationally-trained geoscientists' work experience relative to Canada's professional entry-to-practice requirements. This project will help internationally-trained geoscientists integrate more quickly the Canadian labour market.

Project title
Canadian Work Experience Pilots Evaluation: A Comparative Evaluation and Analysis

Organization
Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC)

Location of organization
Ottawa, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia

ESDC contribution
$493,525

Start date
2018-01-15

End date
2020-04-30

Project description
Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) will conduct an in-depth, comparative analysis across Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia regarding which practices are the most effective in providing first professional work experience opportunities to the greatest number of highly skilled newcomers. SRDC will also identify ongoing challenges for highly skilled newcomers seeking their first professional Canadian work experience.

2017

Project title
Immigrant Women’s Employment Readiness Connections Program

Organization
Multi-lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC)

Location of organization
Vancouver, British Columbia

ESDC contribution
$479,250

Start date
2017-12-11

End date
2020-03-09

Project description
The Multi-lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC) will test the impact of several active employment measures (e.g., workplace and intercultural competency skills in-class training, job clubs and paid internships) on the integration of highly skilled newcomer women into the labour market. It will focus on the administration, business and finance sectors in Greater Vancouver. This project will help highly skilled newcomer women get their first Canadian work experience in their field of study so they can get their credentials recognized more quickly and find meaningful and sustainable work that suits their skills and experience.

Project title
Canadian Work Experience Initiative Evaluation: Mentoring

Organization
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)

Location of organization
Toronto, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$520,299

Start date
2017-12-01

End date
2020-02-28

Project description
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) will research and test the value of structured mentoring interventions in facilitating highly skilled newcomers' first Canadian professional work experience. This project will help highly skilled newcomers get their first Canadian work experience in their field of study so they can get their credentials recognized more quickly and find meaningful and sustainable work that suits their skills and experience.

Project title
SetCan - Skills & Experience Transitioning Canada

Organization
Centre for Education and Training (TCET)

Location of organization
Mississauga, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$592,363

Start date
2017-12-01

End date
2020-03-31

Project description
The Centre for Education and Training (TCET) will test the impact of several employment measures (e.g., in-class training, guest speaker presentations, learning sessions, and paid internships) on the integration of highly skilled newcomers into the labour market within the financial and accounting sectors in the Greater Toronto Area. This project will help highly skilled newcomers get their first Canadian work experience in their field of study so they can get their credentials recognized more quickly and find meaningful and sustainable work that suits their skills and experience.

Project title
Access to Dental Technology Project

Organization
College of Dental Technologists of Ontario (CDTO)

Location of organization
Scarborough, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$687,553

Start date
2017-12-01

End date
2020-03-31

Project description
The College of Dental Technologists of Ontario (CDTO) will establish a national bilingual website with centralized information regarding licensure and integration into the dental technology practice for internationally educated applicants. It will also develop standardized pan-Canadian processes and tools, including a national dental technology examination. This project will assist internationally educated dental technologists (IEDTs) in meeting the current and future demand of the dental technology industry by reducing the time needed for assessment and licensure processes, and supporting IEDTs successfully integrate into the labour market.

Project title
Pathways to Credential Recognition of Foreign Trained Land Surveyors

Organization
Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS)

Location of organization
Ottawa, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$185,867

Start date
2017-11-14

End date
2019-04-12

Project description
The Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS) will implement a national single point of entry for foreign trained land surveyors to apply for credential recognition as a professional land surveyor in Canada. It will also develop a national bilingual website containing information related to credential assessment and recognition processes for foreign-trained land surveyors. This will assist land surveyors in meeting the current and future demand of the land surveying profession by attracting highly skilled newcomers and by facilitating the recognition of foreign credentials for better integration into the labour market.

Project title
Overcoming Labour Market Barriers for Highly Skilled Immigrants in the Environmental Sector

Organization
Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada)

Location of organization
Calgary, Alberta

ESDC contribution
$577,808

Start date
2017-11-01

End date
2020-01-31

Project description
The Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada) will test the impact of several active employment measures (e.g., national online training, mentorship and paid internships) on the integration of highly skilled newcomers into the labour market within the environmental sector in Alberta. This project will help highly skilled newcomers get their first Canadian work experience in their field of study so they can get their credentials recognized more quickly and find meaningful and sustainable work that suits their skills and experience.

Project title
Canada / European Union Crane Operator Credential Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Project

Organization
BC Association for Crane Safety

Location of organization
Vancouver, British Columbia

ESDC contribution
$879,008

Start date
2017-10-16

End date
2019-10-15

Project description
The BC Association for Crane Safety will develop a reciprocity agreement with the European Union (EU) to facilitate international mobility among qualified mobile crane operators in BC and Europe. This model could potentially be used to develop other reciprocal agreements. A mobile application will also be developed to allow foreign-trained crane operators to demonstrate their skills and experience to potential employers prior to arriving in Canada.

Project title
The BioReady Paid Internship Program for Internationally Educated Professionals

Organization
BioTalent Canada

Location of organization
Ottawa, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$479,021

Start date
2017-08-21

End date
2020-11-30

Project description
BioTalent Canada will test the impact of several active employment measures (e.g., mentorship and paid internships) on the integration of internationally trained professionals into the labour market within the biotechnology sector in Ontario. This project will help highly skilled newcomers get their first Canadian work experience in their field of study so they can get their credentials recognized more quickly and find meaningful and sustainable work that suits their skills and experience.

Project title
CPA Canada’s Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) for International Accountants and Certified Aboriginal Financial Managers (CAFM) Pilot

Organization
Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada

Location of organization
Toronto, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$1,735,000

Start date
2017-07-04

End date
2020-05-29

Project description
The Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada will develop a new accounting certification designation, the Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF) for internationally-trained accountants. The ACAF will provide both an interim and fast track Canadian credential to support employment opportunities.

Project title
Pre-Arrival Assessment of Architects

Organization
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)

Location of organization
Ottawa, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$1,501,921

Start date
2017-07-04

End date
2019-12-31

Project description
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) will create a new approach to integrate internationally-trained architects into the Canadian labour market by introducing pre-arrival components into the existing Broadly Experienced Foreign Architecture (BEFA) program, including developing online courses to test competencies of architects prior to applying for licensure in Canada.

Project title
The Centralization and Capacity-Building Project

Organization
Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators (CAASPR)

Location of organization
Toronto, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$1,358,011

Start date
2016-10-17

End date
2019-10-14

Project description
The Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators (CAASPR), and its member provincial regulatory bodies, will standardize and centralize many of the processes and functions related to the licensure of applicants for both professions. Access to licensing/ assessment information and online application submission will be available through a single, clear and easily navigable portal.

Project title
Accelerated Skills Assessment, Alternative Careers, and Job Matching for Aviation and Aerospace

Organization
Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace

Location of organization
Ottawa, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$871,495

Start date
2016-08-29

End date
2019-08-30

Project description
The Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA) will develop an accelerated certification process for seven key occupations: aircraft maintenance technicians, avionics technicians, aircraft structure technicians, gas turbine engine technicians, composites fabricators, aircraft interior technicians and aviation machinists. This process will help internationally-trained individuals to secure appropriate employment faster and fill the skill shortages in the Canadian aviation and aerospace industry.

Project title
Foreign Qualification Recognition in Newfoundland and Labrador: Developing Provincial Capacity

Organization
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Location of organization
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

ESDC contribution
$800,000

Start date
2016-04-14

End date
2019-08-31

Project description
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) will facilitate the assessment and recognition of the foreign credentials of internationally-trained individuals to integrate them into the provincial labour market. NL will develop a forum with stakeholders to share information, build partnerships, and establish networks. NL will also implement initiatives that deliver specialised services to internationally-trained individuals.

Project title
Streamlined and Equitable Assessment for Foreign-Trained Physicians

Organization
Medical Council of Canada (MCC)

Location of organization
Ottawa, Ontario

ESDC contribution
$7,851,388

Start date
2015-05-04

End date
2019-03-31

Project description
The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) will create quicker and more easily accessible licensing pathways for internationally-trained physicians by eliminating one of the mandatory exams (the Medical Council of Canada's Evaluating Examination) and allowing physicians to start the licensing process before they arrive in Canada.

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