Foreign trained engineers, doctors to enter Canadian job market faster

Engineers Canada and the Medical Council of Canada are developing new programs with funding from the federal government that will help internationally trained engineers and doctors get their qualifications recognized.

Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre announced early last week that the federal government would match Engineers Canada’s funding of $778,000 for the development of the Online Competency Assessment System, an online tool that will standardize the work experience requirements to become a licensed engineer across Canada.

The new assessment system will also allow the more than 5,000 engineers who arrive in Canada annually to comply with work experience requirements through what they have done abroad.

“This program will help both applicants and employers make sure the [engineers] pursue the right work experience as they’re working through [becoming licensed],” explained Engineers Canada CEO Kim Allen, in a telephone interview with New Canadian Media.

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