Foreign credentials to be fast tracked for 10 more occupations

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Jobs Minister Jason Kenney CHARLES-ANTOINE GAGNON/QMI...

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Jobs Minister Jason Kenney CHARLES-ANTOINE GAGNON/QMI Agency

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

OTTAWA — Canada is going to make it a "priority" to recognize foreign credentials in 10 additional job fields to help employers choose domestic talent instead of resorting to temporary foreign workers, the government said.

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Jobs Minister Jason Kenney announced Friday that immigrants who have foreign credential in 24 fields will get their qualifications assessed within one year, anywhere in Canada.

The 10 new, so-called "priority occupations" are: geoscientists, carpenters, electricians, heavy-duty equipment technicians, heavy equipment operators, welders, audiologists and speech language pathologists, midwives, psychologists, and lawyers.

"This means that even more new Canadians can put their skills to work sooner across Canada," Kenney said Friday.

The government had previously categorized 14 other jobs, including dentists and engineers, as priority occupations.

 

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