Canada assists 6,600 internationally trained health professionals to work in Canada

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The Canadian Government assists 6,600 internationally trained health professionals to work in Canada by providing $86 million for credential recognition. The funding will be allocated to 15 different organizations to improve foreign credential recognition in key health professions. The 15 funded projects that span the country will:

  • Reduce barriers to foreign credential recognition for IEHPs by improving recognition processes, simplifying credential recognition steps, and providing increased field practice opportunities.
  • Provide IEHPs with relevant Canadian work experience in their chosen fields, as well as wrap-around services such as childcare and transportation, mentoring, and coaching.
  • Facilitate labor mobility between Canadian jurisdictions for health professionals and IEHPs, decreasing systemic and administrative barriers for health professionals who want to work in another jurisdiction.

This investment will help highly educated and skilled immigrants gain proper recognition for their international credentials. This investment, for example, will allow internationally trained midwives to take their exams virtually, even before arriving in Canada. 

The move is in response to Canada’s labor shortages and increasing demand for health workers. The new investment will simplify the credential recognition process and provide Canadian work experience for internationally trained health professionals. The funding is part of Canada’s long-term plan to improve healthcare, with a total investment of over $200 billion planned over the next decade.

This announcement builds on the Government of Canada’s commitment, made with provinces and territories at the October 2023 Health Ministers’ Meeting, to take concrete actions to address challenges facing Canada’s health workforce, including reducing the time it takes for IEHPs to enter the health workforce. The funding will go directly to key occupations such as nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, laboratory technicians, and respiratory therapy.

The Foreign Credential Recognition Program collaborates with provinces, territories, regulatory bodies, and other organizations by funding projects to support faster and more efficient credential recognition systems to grow Canada’s economy, create quality jobs, and promote more sustainable healing.

Minister of Health, Mark Holland, stated:

“Health workers provide the care that Canadians require. We can help alleviate labor shortages in our healthcare system by hiring new workers and retaining existing ones. This federal funding supports our government’s collaboration with provinces, territories, and stakeholders to increase and streamline the entry of healthcare workers into the Canadian workforce. Together, we will improve our healthcare system, allowing Canadians to receive the care they require and deserve.”

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