Skilled Newcomers Integrate into British Columbia’s Workforce

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Employment Law Blog
British Columbia

The renewal of the Foreign Qualifications Recognition (FQR) funding agreement between British Columbia (B.C.) and the federal government will allow more skilled immigrants to have their professional qualifications recognized in the province.

In order to meet B.C.’s labour-market requirements, the federal government will contribute $3.3M over three years to improve and expedite the process of recognizing the foreign qualifications and credentials of immigrants living in B.C. High-demand occupations such as trades, technical occupations and engineering will be prioritized.

The responsibility of assessing and recognizing the qualifications of skilled immigrants will belong to 68 regulators. The provincial regulatory bodies are mandated to uphold public health and safety by ensuring that each individual seeking their license or certification meets occupational standards.

Since 2006 B.C. has been actively supporting FQR initiatives and has invested over $10M in projects.

For more information, visit British Columbia’s Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

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