Manitoba’s provincial government is to invest more than CDN$1.4 million over the next two years in an attempt to get the credentials of foreign workers assessed quicker.
The government is hoping that improving the recognition of foreign credentials will get new immigrants working in the right field faster than at present.
“The Manitoba government has been working to improve the recognition of foreign credentials, allowing new Manitobans the ability to put their education and experience to use sooner and establish successful careers in our province,” said Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Erin Selby yesterday. “It’s good for our economy and it means newcomers can more quickly put down roots in Manitoba.”
The investment will fund yet to be announced pilot programmes designed to assist immigrants to gain a smoother transition into the Manitoban workforce. The programmes will be determined through a recently launched call for proposals (CFP). The CFP will be open to Manitoba’s public post-secondary institutions and will be targeted at science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and trades.
“Internationally trained professionals have a wide range of talents, education and experiences, and represent a significant pool of skilled labour,” said the province’s Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Christine Melnick. “By providing programmes to help them integrate more quickly into the labour market, Manitoba can benefit from their skills and reduce labour shortages,” she added.
In 2012, 13,391 people from overseas became permanent residents of Manitoba, making it the fifth most popular province for new immigrant arrivals, behind Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta.