Tories Promise Loans To Help Immigrants Upgrade Skills, Get Credentials

Toronto Star

By Allan Woods

Richmond Hill, Ont. — Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is promising federal loans to help new immigrants upgrade their job skills and obtain the credentials to work in the country.

It’s no coincidence that he picked the GTA to speak about foreign credential recognition. It’s one of the most perplexing problems facing new Canadians, who often don’t have the necessary job skills to enter the workforce and, as a result, can’t raise the money to remedy the problem.

It has led to Toronto being known as a gathering place for doctors, scientists and engineers from abroad who are working in menial jobs to support their families.

The $6 million announcement aims to help with tuition and training costs that are required to have foreign credentials recognized in Canada.

“We think that this small investment in the future of new Canadians will strengthen the future of our economy for all Canadians,” Harper said.

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