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Addressing Labour Shortages: Canada's Investment in Internationally Educated Health Professionals

Across Canada, a pressing issue of labor shortages persists, particularly in the healthcare sector. The demand for qualified workers is on the rise, and many Canadians face challenges in accessing essential services, such as finding a family physician. In response to this, the Government of Canada is taking decisive action by investing in initiatives to expedite the accreditation process for internationally educated health professionals (IEHP).

Government Investment:

Minister Randy Boissonnault, in his recent announcement, revealed a substantial investment of up to $86 million. This funding is allocated to 15 organizations nationwide, aiming to enhance the capacity for recognizing foreign credentials of approximately 6600 IEHPs. The primary goal is to ensure that highly educated and skilled immigrants receive timely recognition for their international credentials, addressing long wait times and challenges in finding relevant employment.

Empowering IEHPs:

The funded projects will focus on three key objectives:

  1. Streamlining Recognition Processes: Initiatives will be implemented to reduce barriers in the foreign credential recognition process. This includes simplifying steps, offering increased access to field practice, and enabling internationally trained midwives, among others, to take exams virtually even before arriving in Canada.

  2. Canadian Work Experience and Support: IEHPs will receive opportunities for relevant Canadian work experience in their intended fields. This will be accompanied by comprehensive support, including childcare, transportation assistance, mentoring, and coaching.

  3. Promoting Labour Mobility: Efforts will be made to facilitate the movement of health professionals and IEHPs between different jurisdictions in Canada. By reducing systemic and administrative barriers, the goal is to create a more flexible and dynamic health workforce.

Government-Industry Collaboration:

This initiative builds on the commitment made during the October 2023 Health Ministers’ Meeting. The collaborative effort involves the Government of Canada working closely with provinces, territories, regulatory bodies, and various organizations. The aim is to create faster and more efficient credential recognition systems that contribute to the growth of Canada's economy, quality employment, and a sustainable health workforce.

Key Occupations and Impact:

Focusing on key occupations such as:

  • Nursing,

  • Pharmacy,

  • Dentistry,

  • Laboratory technicians,

  • and Respiratory therapy,

The Foreign Credential Recognition Program aims to have a direct impact on these crucial areas of the healthcare system. The investment seeks to address the challenges faced by IEHPs, ensuring their swift integration into the health workforce.

This significant investment underscores the commitment of the Government of Canada to overcome labor shortages in the health sector. By supporting internationally educated health professionals, the initiative not only benefits individuals but also contributes to a more resilient and sustainable healthcare workforce, ultimately enhancing the well-being of Canadians across the country.

What next?

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