Government of Canada announces support for skilled newcomers to enter the job market 

March 9, 2022              Vancouver, British Columbia              Employment and Social Development Canada

The pandemic has had a significant impact on the labour market causing worker shortages across many industries. To address the changing labour supply, the Government of Canada is investing in projects that will support the skills and employment needs of workers and employers by prioritizing underrepresented workers, to build a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Today, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced funding for 11 projects under the Foreign Credential Recognition Program. This investment will help improve foreign credential recognition and help skilled newcomers gain Canadian work experience in their own profession or field of study. Minister Qualtrough made the announcement during an event hosted by one of the funding recipients, Multi-lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC), in Vancouver, B.C.

MOSAIC is receiving funding for its Canadian Work Experience Internship Pilot Project. With this investment, MOSAIC will help newcomer professionals with international education and experience to obtain the necessary work experience to access opportunities in the labour market. It will also increase the number of newcomer professionals using their pre-arrival education and experience to contribute to skills shortages, while also creating internships that will provide the knowledge and skills that are valued by employers.

The Foreign Credential Recognition Program funds provinces and territories and regulatory bodies to enhance foreign credential recognition processes by reducing the number of steps to complete the process. The Program also funds organizations to provide loans and support services to help skilled newcomers with the cost and complexity of foreign credential recognition processes, and provides employment supports.

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