The Foreign Credentials Referral Office (www.credentials.gc.ca) is part of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. It provides information, path-finding and referral services on foreign credential recognition to help foreign-trained workers succeed and put their skills to work in Canada more quickly.
The FCRO web site www.credentials.gc.ca offers general information about finding a job and features the following resources: Planning to Work in Canada? An essential workbook for newcomers will help you better prepare, plan and gather information about living and working in Canada.
The Working in Canada Tool will help you learn about job descriptions, wages, skills, language training and job opportunities by producing a report tailored to your needs.
The Occupational Facts will guide you through the process of foreign credential recognition and the general requirements you must meet to work in your profession in Canada. In Canada, Service Canada provides telephone and in-person services for individuals seeking information about where to go to get their credentials assessed in Canada. Service Canada agents help individuals identify more quickly their occupation’s appropriate regulatory and assessment body as well as provide important job-related information about specific occupations. For assistance related to foreign credentials you can reach Service Canada by telephone at 1-888-854-1805 or TTY 1-800-926-9105 (in Canada only).The telephone agents will also be able to direct you to the nearest Service Canada centre for in-person service. For further information visit www.credentials.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is committed to streamlining foreign credential recognition so that skilled newcomers are able to find meaningful work that contributes to Canada’s economy and overall prosperity. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s (HRSDC) Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP) works with partners and stakeholders to ensure that foreign credentials are assessed in a fair, consistent, transparent and timely manner across Canada. Through contribution agreements, the FCRP offers financial support to provincial and territorial governments and stakeholders including regulatory bodies and national associations for projects that streamline the assessment and recognition of international credentials. The FCRP does not provide direct financial support to individuals.
For further information:
Foreign Credential Recognition Program
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Portage IV – 5th Floor, 140 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, QC K1A 0J9
Web site: www.hrsdc.gc.ca
For many internationally trained individuals, the cost of licensing exams and skills upgrading can present a significant barrier to credential recognition. In addition, many recent immigrants do not have sufficient credit history to borrow from Canadian financial institutions. In 2011, the Government of Canada announced the FCR Loans Pilot project to test models of community-based partnerships that would help internationally trained individuals overcome financial barriers they encounter during the FCR process.
The FCR Loans Pilot project is a three year $18 million research project that provides funding to nine community-based organizations across Canada to increase their capacity to deliver financial assistance to eligible professionals seeking to have their credentials recognized.
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