Foreign workers to get credentials quicker

The eight occupations that will have their applications for credentials processed within a year, starting Dec. 31, 2010, are:
Architects
Registered nurses
Engineers
Financial auditors and accountants
Medical laboratory technologists
Occupational therapists
Pharmacists
Physiotherapists

Another group of six occupations will be added to that list starting Dec. 31, 2012:
Physicians
Teachers of kindergarten to Grade 12
Dentists
Engineering technicians
Licensed practical nurses
Medical radiation technologists

Certain groups of foreign-trained workers will know within a year of applying for certification whether their training will allow them to work in Canada, the federal government said Monday.

Beginning in December 2010, foreign-trained architects, engineers, financial auditors and accountants, pharmacists and registered nurses will be among the groups that fall under the new framework, Minister of Human Resources Diane Finley said in Toronto.

“It used to be that it could take two years after someone got here just to find out where and how to get their credentials evaluated,” said Finley.

"We recognize how important it is for newcomers to put their training and their knowledge to work here in Canada…. It's vital for them, and it's vital for their families and it's vital for our economy."

The move is meant to deal with the problem of professionals who received their training outside Canada working at jobs that don't make use of their skills.

Statistics Canada says six out of 10 immigrants work in jobs in a field differing from the one in which they worked in abroad.

In addition, 42 per cent of newcomers between ages 25 and 54 have a higher level of education than their job requires. For Canadian-born employees, that figure is 28 per cent.

Media reports have long highlighted the problem of doctors working as pizza makers or cab drivers, for example. Many provinces and territories are struggling to make do with too few physicians, especially family doctors.

Doctors are among the second group of professionals that will be covered under the one-year timetable by the end of 2012.

However, the NDP’s citizenship and immigration critic, Olivia Chow, said Monday the federal initiative is not comprehensive enough, and isn't being instituted soon enough.

“I urge the government to speed up the process of recognizing foreign credentials. The majority of the professionals won’t see concrete results until December 2013. That is a long time to wait,” Chow said in a release.

The new system is a joint effort of federal, provincial and territorial governments, which will work in concert with professional regulatory bodies, colleges and universities to ensure certification, said Finley.

The 2009 federal budget set aside $50 million over two years to work with other levels of government to address barriers to foreign credential recognition in Canada.

C'est la vie

pois é....

o título é pq meu querido irmão fez uma barulheira dos infernos e perdi o sono... agora é lamentar e torcer para que o sono volte logo...

Tentei de tudo pra dormir e nada....

o pior é que, pra variar minha cabeça tá a milhão.... tô de saco cheio do meu trabalho... a perspectiva de ter que trabalhar me da vontade de chorar.... OMG... o pior é q ue gosto do que faço... não aguento mais o lugar mesmo....

anyway.... contar pra vcs que vou fazer o intensivo de férias na aliança.. finalmente estou indo pro intermediário.... nem acredito.. mas tenho que estudar muuuuito antes das aulas começarem pq minha escrita e oral não estão como eu gostaria...

Bom, uma coisa boa é q ganhei um vale lá no trabalho e comprei um monte de livros de apoio com exercícios de gramática e vocabulário e todos os livros didáticos que irei usar na aliança até o avançado que, se tudo der certo, estarei iniciando no meio do ano...

Tenho pensado muito nos meus planos para 2010 e posso resumir e colocar por prioridade:

- Me formar
- Emagrecer
- Definir como vou embora do país (mestrado na frança, trainee no canadá etc tec)
- Tirar o Cambridge / Tirar algum diploma de Francês

O resto é resto hehehehehe... tenho que atualizar meu quadro de prioridades... acho que vou fazer isso essa semana... depois coloco fotos pra vcs verem...

Taty