Canada takes aim at healthcare accreditation amongst historic labour shortages

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Skilled newcomers overqualification must be addressed, amid immediate need for more healthcare professionals.

 On December 5th, 2022, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced a call for proposals to help Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals (IEHPs) work in Canada’s healthcare sector.

 At today’s press conference, Minister Fraser (on behalf of the honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion), announced a call for project proposals to help streamline and enable IEHPs to gain skills, experience, and local credentials; so that their talents may be utilized properly.

 Per the announcement, a project is eligible if it can either:

  • Reduce obstacles to foreign credential recognition for IEHPs, by enhancing recognition processes, streamlining recognition stages, and expanding access to field practice; or
  • Provide IEHPs with appropriate Canadian work experience for their preferred fields of employment, while also providing support services for participants, such as childcare and transportation costs, mentoring, and coaching; or
  • Facilitating labour mobility between Canadian jurisdictions for health care professionals and IEHPs in order to minimize structural and administrative barriers for health care professionals who seek to work in another jurisdiction.

 In addition, eligible projects must either:

  • Develop testing and implementation of credential recognition systems with an emphasis on reducing regulatory processes and/or harmonization of occupational standards in order to increase international credential recognition and/or interprovincial labour mobility; or
  • Provide wage subsidies, job placements, and mentorship to IEHPs to assist them in integrating into the Canadian labour market.

 Proposals will be accepted until Jan 30th, 2023. Successful projects can receive a minimum of $500,000 and a maximum of $10 million in funding.

Why is this needed at this point of time?

Canada is facing historic labour shortages in several industries, including seasonal agricultural, retail and tourism, and (most pressingly) healthcare.

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