Feds commit $2.4 million to recognizing skills of ITC professionals trained overseas

A common problem facing many skilled immigrants coming into Canada is the lack of recognition for foreign credentials. We’ve all heard of doctors coming to this country to wind up driving taxis, and the technology sector is no different.

On Tuesday, the federal government, announced $2.4 million in funding for the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) that will be used to power their IMPACTS intiative, which aims to better equip tech employers to recognize and assess the credentials of professionals trained overseas. The hope is that with employers more aware of the skills these immigrants bring, they will have a better chance of integrating into the workforce and reach their potential.

“Attracting and retaining the best international talent to address existing and future labour market challenges is critical to Canada’s long-term economic success,” said John Baird, government house leader . “Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, our government invested $50 million to improve foreign credential recognition so that newcomers can put their knowledge and skills to work sooner. When newcomers succeed, we strengthen the economy and improve the standard of living for all Canadians.”

It’s good to see some money going towards better utilizing the skills of our immigrants, because when they come to Canada expecting a land of opportunity, it’s downright insulting to have them toil in jobs they are overqualified for. It’s bad for them and bad for the economy when they aren’t able to achieve their potential as professionals.