In regulated professions, the lack of a Canadian license can prevent skilled immigrants from being hired into the jobs for which they are trained.
Saskatoon Health Region, one of the 2012 Best Employers for New Canadians, helps internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) overcome this barrier by hiring them into non-regulated jobs, such as home care aids. They then work with them one-on-one to help IEHPs obtain Canadian licensure so they can work in their trained professions, such as nursing.
In the video below, Allison Laughren, Workforce Planning Consultant and Provincial Lead for the “Pathways: IEHP Support, Bridging and Integration” program, talks about how Saskatoon Health Region supports IEHPs. She:
- Identifies the gaps between their foreign credentials and Canadian requirements
- Offers tuition support to help them bridge those gaps
- Helps them navigate the licensing system to avoid delays