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Government of Saskatchewan Taking Nation Leading Action on Credential Recognition

Released on April 5, 2023

Today, Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison announced new changes to The Employment Program Regulations, bolstering Saskatchewan's recruitment of internationally educated workers. This is another step in the government's plan to reduce the red tape and regulatory burdens that are associated with the assessment of credentials in regulated occupations.

The new International Credential Recognition Grant (ICRG) will assist newcomers with foreign qualification recognition costs required to obtain licensure. Providing up to $6,000 per application, this program will target internationally trained, health care workers - including those who have not yet arrived in Saskatchewan - who have not been able to obtain licensure.

"Improving our ability to attract internationally educated workers to Saskatchewan is critical in this global market where everyone is competing for the same talent," Harrison said. "With these regulatory amendments, we will be able to provide direct support to incoming professionals, removing some of the financial barriers they face when seeking credential recognition to practice their profession in our province. Every day I hear from employers in this province that the biggest challenge they are facing is an acute labour shortage. These changes directly address barriers to people filling those labour shortages."

In addition to these measures as a part of the 2023-24 Budget the Ministry of Immigration and Career Training has established the Labour Mobility and Fair Registration Practices Office.  This office will work with regulators to ensure compliance with the new measures.  The office will also work with newcomers and applicants in pathfinding and related credential recognition activities.

"Under these regulations, regulatory bodies will be mandated by law to assess an internationally trained applicant's training, experience and qualifications and give a 'yes' or 'no' answer within 50 days," Harrison said. "Additionally, workers certified in other provinces or territories will receive recognition of their certification within 20 days. These are the fastest and most aggressive processing times in Canada."

Over and above the mandated timelines, regulators are required by law to provide a detailed written reason to the applicant if an application is not successful.  The regulatory body will be further mandated by law to provide a remediation path to have that credential recognized.

By implementing aggressive timelines and providing navigation and financial supports for internationally trained newcomers, Saskatchewan aspires to become the top destination of choice for skilled workers.  

All of these changes align with the Government of Saskatchewan's Health Human Resources (HHR) action plan, which aims to recruit, train, incentivize and retain health care workers. The Ministry of Immigration and Career Training's 2023-24 Budget included an additional $5.2 million to support HHR initiatives, including recruiting internationally educated nurses to the province. Two recent missions to the Philippines in December 2022 and March 2023 resulted in 400 job offers extended to internationally educated nurses.

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For more information, contact:

Sam Sasse
Immigration and Career Training
Regina
Phone: 306-530-6917
Email: sam.sasse@gov.sk.ca

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