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Recognition for internationally trained professionals

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Fulfilling its earlier promise, the Government of Canada launched The Internationally Trained Workers Initiative on April 25, 2005. The Initiative is a combined program between Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, CIC, the Prime Ministers Office, and the provinces and territories.

The Government of Canada had previously committed to improving integration of immigrants and meeting key labour market demands. The Initiative seeks to do just that by combining a number of efforts into an overall strategy that involves the participation of a number of partners. As the Honourable Lucienne Robillard, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development said, “We look forward to working with partners to ensure that everyone can use their skills and abilities, no matter where they received their training, so that they-and Canada-can benefit to the fullest.” The Government will be working with the provinces, the territories, professional associations, educators and employers to ensure the skills of internationally trained workers are brought into the Canadian labour market where they will be of benefit to all.

The Initiative is intended to address a number of issues, especially the hurdles faced by workers when beginning their careers in Canada. The announcements include commitments to the following:

* The integration of internationally trained doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals into the Canadian system;
* The new Foreign Credential Recognition program, which will facilitate the assessment and recognition of foreign qualifications for both regulated and non-regulated occupations;
* The Going to Canada Immigration Internet Portal, which is intended to help prospective immigrants make informed decisions about coming to live and work in Canada, as well as preparing them before they arrive;
* The Enhanced Language Training initiative, which helps immigrants acquire the language skills necessary to obtain and retain jobs appropriate to their level of skill and experience; and
* The Action Plan Against Racism, a series of measures to combat the discrimination Canadians can face and to help realize Canada’s vision of an inclusive and equitable society.

With the collaboration of so many stakeholders in these Government initiatives, Canada’s diversity will continue to be a source of strength and innovation.