Ontario government helps foreign-trained professionals contribute to economic growth and job creation

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Ontario government helps foreign-trained professionals contribute to economic growth and job creation

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, March 8 /CNW/ - The provincial government is working with occupational regulatory bodies, professional associations, employers, trainers, educators and community organizations to create resources to more quickly engage foreign-trained professionals in Ontario's economy, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities said today.
An example of the Ontario government's commitment to help foreign-trained professionals apply their skills in our economy is the creation and distribution of a dozen fact sheets describing the requirements for work in specific professions.
"Fact sheets are an important resource to help new and prospective immigrants understand the skills and knowledge they need to be eligible to become licensed in professions and regulated occupations in Ontario," Cunningham said. "While we are celebrating National Engineering Week, I am pleased to announce that a fact sheet explaining how foreign-trained engineers can become licensed professionals in our province is now available."
"Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) is very pleased to have collaborated with the Provincial government to create an accessible fact sheet that clearly explains the necessary steps to become a licensed professional engineer in Ontario," said Dr. Norman Williams, P.Eng., Deputy Registrar of Admissions, Professional Engineers Ontario. "With the fact sheet available on the Internet at both the government's web site and the PEO's web site, we are receiving inquiries from people who have recently arrived in Ontario as well as potential immigrants from around the world."
"PEO believes it is important to distribute accurate information about licensing requirements to ensure foreign-trained engineers have a clear understanding of the knowledge and skills required to become licensed in Ontario," Williams added.
The fact sheet for becoming a licensed professional engineer is the result of a partnership between the Professional Engineers Ontario and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The Ontario government has collaborated with regulatory bodies for 11 different occupations and professions to create fact sheets describing the requirements for work as a chartered accountant, pharmacist, dental technologist, dietitian, massage therapist, medical radiation technologist, nurse, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, teacher, and veterinarian.
Fact sheets provide up-to-date, detailed information about registration that is specific to individual professions. Lack of information about the process for registering in licensed professions and regulated occupations is a key barrier for foreign trained workers to fully use their skills and knowledge to benefit the Ontario economy.
The fact sheets are available from the provincial government at www.edu.gov.on.ca/accessfactsheets.html as well as from regulatory bodies, international Visa offices and consular offices.

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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca
For further information: Dave Ross, Minister's office, (416) 326-1625; Tanya Cholakov, Ministry contact, (416) 325-7526