Canada seeks to invest $86 million to facilitate foreign healthcare credentials

Canada targets to welcome 485,000 new permanent residents in 2024, therefore it is vital that newcomers can fully use their skills, experience and talents.

Many healthcare professionals face major problems such as complex health insurance eligibility and entitlement rules as well as International healthcare practitioners are confined to using general-purpose English language examinations for immigration purposes under current IRCC rules. This leads to a situation where qualified foreign-trained healthcare professionals, prepared with the necessary OET scores, are forced to take an extra, less advanced general-purpose English language test that is approved by the IRCC in order to apply for immigration.

The Canadian government pledged in October to reinforce and carry out the measures that will accommodate the challenges in order to balance the healthcare workforce for the newcomers and to accommodate the obstacles. The first plan of action can be seen when Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, Randy Boissonnault, announced $86 million in funding to 15 organisations across Canada on 15th January 2024 .The Canadian Government is aiding 6,600 foreign health professionals in their transition to working in Canada. These fifteen organisations focus on the following professions: respiratory treatment, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and laboratory technicians.

β€œThe Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry is thrilled to receive this support from the federal government to fund the development and testing of a new program to speed the qualification and licensing of dentists trained elsewhere in the world so they can practise in Canada,” Jim Lai, President of Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry, said in a media release.

In order to meet the urgent need to fill 90,000 open positions in the healthcare industry, this effort seeks to speed the qualifying and licensing procedure for these experts. The goals of funding 86 million dollars are as followed

  • streamlining the process of recognizing credentials and providing more opportunities for field practice
  • Incorporate services like child care, transportation, mentorship, and coaching while matching globally qualified health professionals with appropriate Canadian work experience in their preferred professions.
  • Support labour mobility between jurisdictions in Canada for health professionals to reduce barriers for health professionals who wish to work in another area in Canada.
  • Cut down on how long it takes for healthcare workers with foreign training to enter the workforce

Facilitating the integration of internationally qualified health professionals is the goal of the investment, which will offer Canadian career options and streamline the credential recognition procedure. This money is in line with Canada’s ambitious goal to improve healthcare, which calls for an expenditure of more than $200 billion over the next ten years.

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