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Metropolis Pre-Conference Session
Sponsored by the
Foreign Credentials Referral Office:

OVERSEAS AND PAN-CANADIAN INITIATIVES TO ASSIST IN FOREIGN CREDENTIAL RECOGNITION AND LABOUR MARKET INTEGRATION OF FOREIGN-TRAINED WORKERS

12TH National Metropolis Conference, Sheraton Centre, Montréal, Québec
March 18, 2010

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

As part of the 12th National Metropolis Conference, being held in Montréal, Québec, March 19-21, 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada's Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO), along with the Metropolis Project, will be hosting a Pre-Conference Session on foreign credential recognition (FCR) at the Sheraton Centre on March 18, 2010. This one day event will focus on overseas and pan-Canadian initiatives that aim to assist foreign-trained workers in navigating the myriad of credential recognition processes in Canada and supporting them in finding employment that best utilizes their skills and credentials. The event will combine keynote addresses, interactive demonstrations of FCR tools and services, and plenary sessions pertaining to three themes: pan-Canadian approaches to FCR; information, tools and licensure processes beginning overseas; and outreach to foreign-trained workers and employers. The event will bring together government officials, Fairness Commission representatives, regulatory bodies, and FCR academics and policy makers to share multidisciplinary perspectives on FCR initiatives.

Plenary Session #1 - Pan-Canadian approaches to FCR

One of the greatest economic integration challenges faced by immigrants are barriers to the transferability of foreign credentials needed to gain access to regulated occupations and employment. To reduce these barriers and to complement initiatives underway such as Fair Access legislation in some provinces, governments are working towards a pan-Canadian, principles-based approach to improving FCR processes. Implementation will be piloted in eight target occupations that will work with governments to put in place measures to increase the fairness, transparency, timeliness and consistency of FCR processes by December 2010. These measures will not only streamline and improve the processes of regulatory bodies, but provide newcomers and employers with greater assurance that FCR in Canada has integrity.

This panel will explore the substantive changes that key stakeholders will experience to their work as a result of adhering to pan-Canadian principles for FCR processes. Representatives from Fairness Commissions, regulatory bodies and governments will share their perspectives on the expected implications and alignment with initiatives already underway.

Plenary Session #2 - FCR information, tools and licensure processes that begin overseas

Providing prospective immigrants with comprehensive information on foreign credential assessment and recognition processes, labour market trends and employment opportunities as early as possible in the immigration process can help ensure that potential newcomers are making informed decisions and have realistic expectations prior to immigrating. Offering overseas services including pre-assessment of foreign credentials and early identification of training pathways can further facilitate more efficient labour market integration for newcomers, at levels commensurate with their skills and experience.

This panel discussion will explore Canada's evolving pre-immigration platform of services. The current overseas offerings of our federal and provincial governments, regulatory bodies and employers with respect to FCR information and credential assessment tools and services will be presented by panellists with a keen understanding of the fundamentals of both the policy implications and the realities of implementation.

Plenary session #3 - Outreach to foreign-trained workers and employers: partnerships and strategies

Enhancing overseas information and facilitating components of the assessment and recognition process prior to arrival are only part of the solution to better integrate internationally-trained workers into the Canadian labour force. Equally important is the involvement and commitment of Canadian employers and human resource professionals in facilitating the hiring of internationally trained immigrants as a business priority in the global competition for skilled labour.

This panel discussion will focus on the benefits of innovative partnerships between employers, immigrant serving organizations, assessment agencies and employers, and elements of successful immigrant hiring and retention strategies.

Registration fee - Pre-conference session participants who are not attending the 12th National Metropolis Conference, a registration fee of $75 will apply.

Who should attend - Representatives of government, academic institutions, regulatory bodies, assessment agencies, immigrant serving organizations, employers, and other stakeholders with a keen interest in foreign credential recognition.

Agenda

Schedule Description
8:15 - 9:15 REGISTRATION
9:15 – 9:45 WELCOMING REMARKS – Corinne Prince-St-Amand, Executive Director, Foreign Credentials Referral Office, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
9:45 - 10:45

PAN-CANADIAN FRAMEWORK FOR THE ASSESSMENT AND RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN QUALIFICATIONS – Implementation and Benefits to Stakeholders

To reduce barriers to assessment and recognition of foreign credentials and complement initiatives underway such as Fair Access Legislation in some provinces, governments have developed a pan-Canadian, principles-based Framework to improve FCR processes in Canada and abroad. This panel will explore the Framework’s implementation and implications for key stakeholders.

Chairs: Jean-Francois Larue, Director General, Labour Market Integration, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada; Margo Morrish, Director, Immigration Division, Manitoba Labour and Immigration.

    • - Ximena Munoz - Manitoba Fairness Commissioner
    • - Dr. John Pugsley, Registrar The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada
10:45 - 11:00 BREAK
11:00 - 11:45

FQR FRAMEWORK, continued

Discussant - Naomi Alboim, Adjunct Professor, Queens School of Policy Studies

Question and Answer session

12:00 - 13:00 LUNCH
13:00 - 13:30 Keynote Address by Minister Jason Kenney, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
13:30 - 14:00

PAN-CANADIAN INFORMATION CENTRE

Overview and new developments – Allain Lauzon, Senior Analyst, Foreign Credentials Referral Office, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
14:00 - 15:15

FOREIGN CREDENTIAL ASSESSMENT AND RECOGNITION - INFORMATION, TOOLS AND PROCESSES THAT BEGIN OVERSEAS

This panel discussion will explore Canada’s evolving pre-immigration platform of services.  The current overseas offerings of federal and provincial governments, regulatory bodies and employers with respect to FCR information and credential assessment tools and services will be presented by panellists with a keen understanding of the fundamentals of both the policy implications and the realities of implementation.

Chair: Sue Beardall, Manager, Internationally Educated Health Professionals Initiative, Health Canada

    1. - Katrina Murray, VP Canadian Partnerships, Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)
    2. - Luc Bergeron, Director, Ministry of International Relations, Quebec
    3. - Ian Bowmer, CEO, Medical Council of Canada
    4. - Yaroslow Zajac, Executive Director, Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT)
15:15 - 15:30 BREAK
15:30 -16:30

OUTREACH TO FOREIGN-TRAINED WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS – Practices and Challenges

Enhancing overseas information and facilitating components of the assessment and recognition process prior to arrival are only part of the solution to better integrate foreign-trained workers into the Canadian labour force. This panel discussion will focus on the benefits of innovative partnerships between employers, immigrant serving organizations, assessment agencies and other stakeholders, and elements of successful immigrant hiring and retention strategies.

Chair: Wendy Swedlove, Canadian Tourism Human Resources Sector Council

    • - Peter Paul, Program Manager, ALLIES
    • - Cindy Hanks, Manager Immigrant, Employer Learning Partnerships LASI World Skills
    • - Julie Sylvestre, Diversity Directorate, The Société de transport de Montréal (STM)
16:30 - 16:45

CLOSING REMARKS – Corinne Prince-St-Amand, Executive Director, Foreign Credentials Referral Office, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

 

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