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Canada Invests $50 Million for Getting Immigrant Education Recognized

The new investment by the Government of Canada will help new Canadian immigrants integrate into the work force more quickly. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) Minister Diane Finley and Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney recently announced an investment of $50 million over the next two years to help newcomers have their internationally-obtained education and work experience assessed and recognized more quickly; so that they can work in their fields and contribute to the Canadian workforce more effectively.

Immigration Minister Finley said that "We compete in a global marketplace where the knowledge of our workforce is the key to our economy and our prosperity, That's why Canada's Economic Action Plan will invest $50 million over two years to speed up the process of assessing and recognizing foreign qualifications."

The investments will be targeted towards various credential programs and agencies including the The Foreign Credential Recognition Office (FCRO).  The The Foreign Credential Recognition Office (FCRO) was created in May 2007, and has been a valuable tool for newcomers.

This investment will develop new principles to guide the recognition of foreign education (and credentials) and new standards which will ease and speed up the qualification recognition process. Additionally, a list of priority occupations will be created and the Government of Canada will develop programs to help people begin the foreign education recognization and accreditation process in their home countries, before landing in Canada.

"Today, 330 Service Canada Centres across the country help internationally-trained professionals get the information they need to have their credentials assessed as quickly as possible," stated Minister Kenney.  "Our government wants to improve the integration of internationally trained workers into the Canadian labour force, so that they can put their skills to good use for themselves and their families.  When newcomers succeed, we all succeed.

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