Canada to help foreign trained professionals get jobs in Alberta
Canada, 7th August: Canadian government has announced to help nearly 300 foreign trained professionals get jobs in Alberta.
Help will be offered in the form of financial assistance to enable foreign professionals get their education and work experience recognized. This has been revealed by Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, Honorable Diane Finley.
Foreign Credentials Recognition Loans Pilot—Giving details about the project for ensuring employment to skilled foreign professionals coming to Alberta, Minister Finley said the aim will be assist skilled immigrants get jobs in the chosen field of expertise.
For this, an amount exceeding $3.3 million is being poured in from the federal funds for licensing to skilled immigrants in Alberta.
The IAF(Immigrant Access Fund) Society of Alberta will be provided the monetary assistance under the FCR(Foreign Credential Recognition) Loans Pilot, she informed while speaking at Bow Vallley College in downtown Calgary on 1st August, 2012.
Foreign trained professionals to address skills shortage—Minister Finley said the significant role played by foreign trained workers cannot be undermined in filling shortages of skilled workforce.
Such immigrants are needed especially in certain key occupations, she highlighted.
Aim of federal financial assistance--So, it is vital to join hands with IAF and other such organizations in Alberta to assist foreign skilled workers in fast recognition of their foreign credentials and work experience, she maintained.
Federal funding to IAF under FCR Loans pilot will result in offering 300 loans to make international trained workers ready to take up requisite careers in Canada. These loans will be provided in the span of next two years.
In addition, these loans will also useful in bearing the expenses related to upgrading of skills, training as well as licensing exams.
That’s not all. These loans will also provide increased employment counseling services to immigrants in small or rural regions.
So, the gist is to help foreign skilled professionals make optimum contribution to the national economy rather than being forced to go for underemployment, affirmed Canada immigration minister Jason Kenney.
That’s because Canada understands the significance of recognizing the potential of newcomers coming to Canada. It is a true investment for the national economy, he further maintained.