The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, has announced the launch of a call for proposals for the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Program.
Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for funding to help newcomers get their foreign credentials recognized
The Government of Canada aims to help newcomers by providing tools to help them work through the costly and complex foreign credential recognition processes that limit their employment opportunities.
As part of the Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers announced in Budget 2017, the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Program offers loans to newcomers to help cover the cost of getting their foreign credentials recognized. These costs could include expenses related to licensing exams, training, travel and skills upgrading. The Program will also provide newcomers with support services such as information and assistance with navigating processes for credential recognition, career advice and financial literacy workshops.
The Program builds upon the success of the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Pilot Project that demonstrated newcomers were able to get their foreign credentials recognized, enter the job market and earn wages commensurate with their skills more quickly.
The Call for Proposals will be open for eight weeks and the closing date is November 24, 2017.