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Better Access For Skilled Newcomers

McGuinty Government Demands Same Deal As Other Provinces

Office of the Premier

Ontario is stepping up efforts to help internationally trained newcomers, such as doctors, practice in their profession sooner. Newcomers will now have more opportunity to practise in their field and put their skills to work for Ontario's economy.

To improve fair access to the labour market and professions, Ontario's Fairness Commissioner will work with government, professional regulatory bodies and other partners to:

  • Review any proposed regulations prior to approval to help maximize opportunities for internationally trained medical professionals.
  • Review entry-to-practice requirements, including mandatory Canadian experience, to eliminate unnecessary barriers while protecting quality in health care and other sectors.

The province is expanding community-based programs for International Medical Graduates, helping them proceed into their careers sooner to earn a living and help increase healthcare access for Ontarians.

Ontario is also calling on the federal government to give the province more power to help newcomers contribute to our growing economy.

Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia are given more resources and more powers to help newcomers settle, train and succeed in their regions. Ontario wants the same deal to help new Canadians integrate, find jobs or go on to start their own business.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested in more than 220 bridge training programs in over 100 different professions and trades to help over 42,000 newcomers find jobs consistent with their education and experience.
  • Ontario welcomes more immigrants than any other province - more than all Western, Atlantic provinces and all territories combined.
  • The Conference Board of Canada estimates that not using the skills of immigrants costs Canada between $3.4 and $5 billion a year.
  • Ottawa has withheld $207 million owed to Ontario newcomers under the first Canada Ontario Immigration Agreement which expired March 31, 2011.
  • ln December 2010, Ottawa unilaterally cut settlement funding to 35 Ontario community agencies by $44 million.

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“Our diversity is a strength that helps Ontario to compete globally. Newcomers will have better access in their fields with these changes. We also need a fair deal with the Federal Government for newcomers to succeed and support a strong, vibrant and diverse Ontario.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“It's time for international experience to be seen as an asset. We're taking active steps to help Ontario's talented newcomers find work in their fields and strengthen our economy. Ontario's growing economy depends on the skills and talents of all people, and we need all Ontarians working at their best, in jobs that match their qualifications.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration



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