B.C. releases results of credential-recognition engagement

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  • VICTORIA More than 1,450 people gave feedback through wideranging public engagement on the
    international credentialrecognition progress.

    Feedback from the Province’s engagement is available online and will be used to inform future
    legislation to improve credential recognition for newcomers to B.C.

    In spring 2023, the Province asked internationally trained professionals, educational institutions,
    immigrantserving organizations, business associations, healthcare associations, regulatory authorities
    and members of the public for their feedback about international credential recognition through a series
    of roundtables and an online survey.

    “We’ve heard from regulators, postsecondary institutions and internationally trained professionals that
    the system isn’t working,” said Andrew Mercier, Minister of State for Workforce Development. “This is a
    question of fairness and about making sure that internationally trained professions have the supports
    they need to succeed and practise in B.C.”

    More than 1,450 British Columbians participated in this public engagement through roundtables and an
    online survey about how to improve the credential recognition process and remove unnecessary
    barriers for newcomers to Canada.

    “Mosaic would like to express its appreciation to the Ministry of PostSecondary Education and Future
    Skills and the Minister of State for Workforce Development Andrew Mercier and his team for taking the
    time to hear directly from the many immigrant professionals we work with, whose direct experience
    with the barriers to credential recognition will inform improvements to these processes,” said David Lee,
    director of employment at Mosaic, an immigrantserving organization. “We look forward to how we can
    support newcomers to B.C. in connecting to employment in a way that takes full advantage of their skills
    and experience.”

    The “what we heard” report identified eight themes for improvement:

    * streamlining complex processes and shortening timelines;

    * improving the accessibility, consistency and transparency of information about the licensure process
    and requirements;

    * exploring alternative pathways for credential recognition;

    * exploring more flexible approaches to demonstrate language proficiency;

    * introducing performance standards for data and reporting;

    * increasing financial and other supports for internationally trained professionals and regulatory
    authorities;
    *improving coordination between government and regulatory authorities at the provincial and federal
    levels; and
    * strengthening collaboration between regulatory authorities, educational institutions, employers and
    immigrantserving organizations to support licensure and integration.

    Feedback gathered from the public engagement will be used to help streamline the international
    credentialrecognition process and work toward new legislation. (news.gov.bc.ca)

     

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