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The information in this section of the FCR Gateway is based on the TASC publication Who does What in FCR: An Overview of Credentialing Programs and Services in Canada. Some portions have been added or subtracted from the document for website presentation.The multiple stakeholders, authorities, and service providers involved in FCR makes the issue complicated and daunting to address. All told, it would appear that the FCR issue in Canada involves 13 jurisdictions, 55 ministries, more than 50 regulated occupations, more than 400 regulatory bodies, 5 assessment agencies, 240 post-secondary institutions, hundreds of thousands of employers, and about 250 service agencies dedicated to immigrant integration!
In Canada, Foreign Credential Recognition for regulated occupations (which account for approximately 15% of Canada’s labour market) is a provincial responsibility that has been delegated in legislation to regulatory bodies. For non-regulated occupations (about 85% of the labour market), there is no designated authority for credential recognition, and ultimately it is the employer who has to assess a candidate’s credentials (and competencies) gained outside of Canada. Many recent reports on Foreign Credential Recognition in Canada note the need to address the complicated web of licensing and credentialing standards at the provincial and territorial level, and removing ad hoc approaches and varied barriers to integrating internationally trained workers in the Canadian labour force.
Click on the following links to find out who does what in FCR.
The FCR field at a glance Government Regulatory bodies Educational & training institutes Credential assessment agencies Immigrant serving gencies & other non-profit associations Business organizations Multi-stakeholder partnerships and coalitions
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