Ottawa to Give Foreign-Trained Nurses Help Getting Credentials Recognized

By The Globe and Mail

The federal government is trying to make it easier for foreign-trained nurses to have their credentials recognized by governing bodies.

Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced Thursday the government is giving $4-million to projects to speed up credential recognition in Canada.

“We have too many foreign-trained nurses coming to Canada who end up working as hotel maids and too many foreign-trained physicians who end up driving cabs,” Kenney said Thursday at a training facility at Edmonton’s NorQuest College.

In some instances, the project will allow foreign-trained nurses to start their assessment process before they even get to Canada, he said.

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