Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Canadian website for foreign credentials launched


by RAY CLANCY on JANUARY 17, 2012
IQN website to help immigrants with better intergration into Canadian labour market






It is now easier to work out if your foreign qualifications can be accepted in Canada with the launch of a new website to help people applying for work.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has launched the International Qualification Network (IQN) for the assessment and recognition of foreign worker qualifications.
It serves as a virtual space for employers, regulatory bodies, governments and organizations to capitalize on promising qualification assessment and recognition practices.
‘The Government of Canada is committed to improving the process of recognizing foreign worker qualifications, and the IQN website will help find solutions that will allow immigrants to integrate better into the Canadian labour market,’ said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
Through the IQN website, stakeholders can share effective evaluation tools and practices, studies, pilot projects, reports and videos and post information on events, such as workshops and conferences.
The website was created with the guidance of the IQN Advisory Council, a group of 20 partners and stakeholders who represent various provinces, employers and post secondary education institutions from across Canada. The information posted on the IQN will benefit everyone in all jurisdictions.
For example, The Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre in Nova Scotia has posted a profile of its programme to assist internationally educated health care professionals in getting their credentials recognized and integrating into the province’s labour market. The profile serves as a model for other nursing associations in other provinces to design their own programme.
The Multi jurisdictional Midwifery Bridging Project (MMBP) posted an outline of its eight month bridging programme for internationally educated midwives who want to practice in British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia. The outline provides valuable information to foreign midwives and organisations assisting immigrants.
With the creation of the IQN website, the Government of Canada is delivering on a two year commitment to support provincial, territorial and stakeholder efforts to improve international credential recognition through the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.
The IQN website is administered by the Foreign Credentials Referral Office, a branch of Citizenship and Immigration Canada that offers referral services in Canada and overseas to immigrants, and develops tools for employers and regulatory bodies so they can help immigrants integrate into the Canadian workforce.