TORONTO — The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development is launching a survey to better understand the challenges faced by newcomers and others pursuing a licence in Ontario.
Industry professionals, immigrants and stakeholders are invited to share their first-hand experiences with credential recognition in Ontario’s regulated professions and trades. The feedback is expected to help the province address barriers and identify opportunities for improvement to help newcomers and licensed professionals from other provinces and territories find employment.
This follows first-in-Canada legislative changes to help more newcomers in regulated professions and skilled trades become licensed, find jobs and help boost Ontario’s economy, states a release. The government also introduced legislative changes to ensure out-of-province workers can register in their regulated profession or skilled trade within 30 business days.
Every day, roughly 300,000 jobs are going unfilled across the province, including thousands in critical sectors like construction and studies have shown only one-quarter of internationally trained immigrants in Ontario work in the regulated professions and skilled trades they trained for, adds the release.
The survey will be available until mid-September and can be found at Survey: Credential recognition | ontario.ca.