“To cope with the drastic labor market crisis in Canada, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has announced a proposal to help internationally-trained healthcare professionals working in the country.”
The Canadian government will spend up to $90 million on projects under the Foreign Credential Recognition Program that aim to dismantle barriers standing in the way of qualified and competent immigrants getting Canadian work experience in their field of work or area of study.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Sean Fraser tweeted, "Your capacity to work in health care should depend on what you know, not where you come from."
“I am proud to announce Canada’s new and improved investments to support internationally-educated healthcare professionals to work in the healthcare sector. The efforts to support newcomers overcoming the barriers to Foreign Credential Recognition provide opportunities to gain on-the-job experience, and facilitate labor mobility announced today are essential ways of ensuring our healthcare system is one of the best in the world, and we look forward to welcoming newcomers who will contribute to this system.”, he added.
The Great White North is facing severe shortages across numerous occupations mentioned in the Canada Occupation in demand list, including those of physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and medical laboratory technologists.
Looking at the healthcare sector, skilled immigrants are underutilized.
According to a 2020 Statistics Canada report, “47% of skilled immigrants with healthcare degrees from other countries are unemployed or underemployed in non-healthcare jobs that only require a high school education.”
Organizations have until January 30, 2023, to apply for funding under this call for proposals.
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