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Harper proposes new loans to assist with foreign credential recognition

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced new measures to help recent immigrants strengthen their families’ financial security by getting their foreign credentials recognized in Canada faster and more easily.

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Prime Minister, Stephen Harper at a campaign event at NOVO Plastics on April, 06, 2011. Courtesy of the Conservative Party.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced new measures to help recent immigrants strengthen their families’ financial security by getting their foreign credentials recognized in Canada faster and more easily.

At a campaign event at NOVO Plastics, the Prime Minister welcomed and praised the contributions that immigrants have made to Canada’s growth, and discussed the measures his Government has taken to help new Canadians put their skills to work.

“We understand the importance of credential recognition to the financial security and well-being of new Canadians and their families, as well as the Canadian economy,” said Harper. “Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, our Government has invested $50 million over two years in the development and implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.”

This program has already helped thousands of internationally-trained workers integrate into the workforce.

Today, the Prime Minister announced that a Conservative Government would build on its achievements by providing new loans to help recent immigrants pay for skills training or upgrading required before their credentials can be recognized here in Canada.

“Some foreign-trained workers have difficulty paying for the tuition and other training costs associated with the foreign credential recognition process. These bridge loans will make it easier for new Canadians to find jobs that take full advantage of their experience and expertise,” Harper said. “The loans will enable them to participate in and contribute fully to the growth of the Canadian economy.”

The Prime Minister expressed solidarity with new Canadians, explaining that “the Conservative Party has a proven record of welcoming new Canadians and giving them the tools they need to contribute to the Canadian economy and build a better future for their families.”

 

  • Tashmurph1961

    I suggest the federal civil service conduct an in depth investigation of the various “credentials from foreign countries” prior to the government offering to speed up recognition of foreign credentials. Canada needs to create baseline requirements for graduates from other countries in all fields and then discuss speeding up the process with loans for education, etc. If there are Canadian citizens qualified and credentialed they should have the first opportunity for employment.

  • NeedGoodJobs

    I agree with Tashmurph 1961. What jobs are out there for them? We have university graduates getting only minimum wage jobs; They are also staying in post secondary getting more and more qualifications desparately trying to find a career field that employs with solid wages and stability. Those students will someday have to face the loans they are accumulating, while being years behind in income growth.