Canadian Website to Facilitate Immigrant Integration

The Canadian government has launched a new program to make it easier for foreign-trained professionals get their credentials accredited.

The new website, the International Qualification Network (IQN), is not for those seeking employment, or foreign credentials recognition, which are dealt by separate organisations and websites.

Rather, the IQN will help all stakeholders – such as regulatory bodies, government agencies, employers and organisations serving immigrants to share practises, as well as studies, pilot projects and even information on events such as workshops and symposiums.

The IQN is part of the government promise, made in 2009, to promote foreign credentials recognition through the the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the federal department in charge of immigration matters, sites as examples of how the IQN can work. For example, the Multi-jurisdictional Midwifery Bridging Project has posted an outline of its eight-month bridging program for foreign-trained midwives who want to practise in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

Another example is the Canadian Association of Chartered Accountants’ description of its efforts to facilitate the professional integration of immigrant chartered accountants.

For more information, visit the IQN website.


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