Foreign-trained workers in British Columbia now benefit from easier credential recognition
The government recently enacted new legislation aimed at improving the recognition process through the International Credentials Recognition Act.
In hopes to foster inclusivity and harness the potential of internationally trained professionals, the act, which received royal approval on Nov. 8, is poised to make the journey for foreign-trained individuals seeking employment in their chosen fields “more transparent, efficient, and fair.”
According to the press release, they are anticipating a surge in job openings, with projections reaching one million over the next decade. Therefore, British Columbia. is gearing up to tap into the diverse pool of talent that internationally trained professionals represent.
“Skilled professionals from around the world move to B.C. hoping to put their skills to good use, but instead face huge obstacles and an often-confusing process to get their credentials recognized,” said Premier David Eby on the government’s website.
The government further recognized the persistent challenges, including unfair barriers and prolonged waiting periods.
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“With the skills shortage we have in this province, we cannot afford to leave anyone on the sidelines. That’s why we’re taking action to close the gaps in the system so people can get to work faster, fill in-demand jobs, and provide much-needed services to people in B.C,” he added.
To resolve waiting periods, the act will grant authority to the government to establish limits on processing times.
Furthermore, the legislation’s key provisions mandate 18 regulatory bodies to actively break barriers and follow the imposed provisions within 29 professions:
- registered music teacher
- professional engineer
- professional teaching certificate holder
- land surveyor
- early childhood educator
- landscape architect
- early childhood educator assistant
- applied science technologist
- conditional teaching certificate holder
- certified technician
- social worker
- registered clinical social worker
- professional biologist
- applied biology technician
- notary public
- registered biology technologist
- emergency medical assistant, including paramedics
- professional geoscientist
- chartered professional accountant
- registered professional forester
- associate real estate broker
- registered forest technologist
- managing real estate broker
- professional agrologist
- real estate representative
- technical agrologist
The move is also expected to eliminate the Canadian work experience requirement before obtaining accreditation and even the redundant language testing.