WHITEHORSE, YUKON, February 16, 2011-The governments of Canada and Yukon are supporting a project that will help internationally trained professionals put their knowledge and skills to work sooner. Senator Daniel Lang made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"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 Senator Lang. "Through our Economic Action Plan, we are working with partners such as the Government of Yukon to improve foreign credential recognition so that newcomers can find work that best suits their skills and experience."
The Government of Canada is providing over $360,000 to the Government of Yukon for the second phase of its Foreign Credential Recognition Project. The project will contribute to a fair, transparent and timely system for recognizing foreign qualifications, and will create online bridge-to-work programs to help skilled newcomers find jobs in their fields. Additionally, the Government of Yukon will launch its own version of the Working in Canada online tool, where newcomers will be able to access up-to-date labour market information, before and after arriving in Canada.
"Improving the process for recognizing credentials will assist Yukon employers in securing workers with the in-demand skills required for their businesses to thrive," said the Honourable Patrick Rouble, Minister of Education for Yukon. "It will also help newcomers integrate more easily into Yukon."