Manitoba is planning to introduce certain legislative amendments with an aim to speed up the foreign credential recognition process. This was announced by Ralph Eichler, Manitoba’s minister of economic development and training, on November 2.
In a media release, the Minister said, “Our goal is to remove barriers so qualified, internationally educated applicants can practice their profession in Manitoba sooner and are treated fairly when they apply for a license to practice.”
“Many newcomers to Manitoba are highly educated and possess in-demand skills and experience, and we want to help them keep their skills up to date so they can rejoin their professions more quickly after arriving in Manitoba and help grow our economy,” the Minister added.
Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act of Manitoba
The amendments are proposed to the Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act of Manitoba, which was passed in 2009. The Act pertains to the application and registration processes for regulated professions for people educated abroad, who wish to join Manitoba’s labour force. The Act ensures that the application and registration processes are transparent, objective, impartial and fair.
There are 30 self-regulated professions in Manitoba. These include the colleges of Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Pharmacists, Physicians and Surgeons, Chartered Professional Accountants Manitoba, the Manitoba Dental Association, Manitoba College of Social Workers and Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association.
The proposed amendments to the Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act aim to make it easier for internationally trained applicants for regulated professions to register successfully and on time. The changes are also meant to fulfill a 2019 election promise that the registration practices for regulated professions will be made consistent to the domestic trade agreements.
The changes to be introduced to the Act would set timeline standards for regulated professions, thus shortening the registration processes. The amendments would also entrust the regulators with the duty of ensuring registration requirements and assessments that are necessary to practice the profession.
Eichler also said the Act aimed to improve pathways for newcomers trying to establish their careers in Manitoba. It is intended to help skilled workers coming through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program find jobs in their profession so they can help fill labour market gaps, he said.
He also pointed out that only 16 per cent of internationally educated applicants in Manitoba were registered between 2015 and 2017, even though they represented 41 per cent of all applicants during that period.
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