Funding: Foreign Credential Recognition Program – Assessment

From Employment and Social Development Canada

3. Assessment

Your Foreign Credential Recognition project will be assessed on the following criteria:

Objectives of the Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP)

The objectives of the FCRP are:

  • To contribute to developing fair, transparent, consistent, and timely foreign credential assessment and recognition capacity
  • to develop and strengthen Canada's foreign credential assessment and recognition capacity; and
  • to contribute to improving labour market integration outcomes of foreign trained individuals in targeted occupations and sectors

Expected project results

The ultimate outcome for each project submitted to the Foreign Credential Recognition Program is to enhance the labour market results of internationally-trained individuals in targeted occupations and sectors.

To accomplish this, each FCR project should have its own stated objectives, activities, and results (outputs and outcomes). Proposals should identify how objectives and activities will achieve the intended program results. Results must be specific, concrete and measurable. Applicants will be required to report to ESDC using key performance indicators to monitor progress achieved against the project’s stated objective(s), over the project lifecycle.

The FCRP works with partners and stakeholders to achieve the following short, medium and long-term results:

Immediate Results:

  • Understanding, consensus, collaboration and commitment among stakeholders and partners on issues and potential solutions related to FCR
  • Promotion, information sharing and transfer of best practices in developing Pan-Canadian FCR processes; and
  • Partnership among key stakeholders and provinces and territories to advance the FCR agenda

Medium-term Results:

  • Availability of tools and processes to assess and recognize foreign credentials among organizations

Long-term Results:

  • Standardization of Pan-Canadian FCR processes and tools in targeted occupations and other sectors; and
  • Use of tools and processes by organizations to assess and recognize the credentials of internationally-trained workers in targeted occupations and sectors

Ultimate Result:

  • Enhanced labour market results of internationally-trained individuals in targeted occupations and sectors

Assessment criteria for FCRP proposals

The criteria used to assess proposals for the Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP) will focus on the following:

  • The degree to which proposed activities support FCRP objectives and priorities
  • The need for proposed foreign credential recognition activities
  • The qualifications and track record of the applicant
  • Demonstration of support required for success, and
  • Value for money

Funding amounts for foreign credential recognition (FCR) projects are determined by factors including:

  • Scope and duration of activities
  • Validation of reasonableness and fair market value of proposed expenditures
  • Importance of projected expenditures to success
  • Reasonableness of overall cost given projected outcome/s
  • Other sources of funding

Employment and Social Development Canada assesses the proposed costs based on experience and analysis. Changes are sometimes negotiated where necessary to ensure that the level of funding is the minimum the recipient will require to attain the expected results.

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