Canada Immigration News from the Provincial News Ontario released on 23/05/2023. Engineers of Ontario Eases requirement for local Canadian Experience for obtaining licence
Good day ladies and gentlemen, this is IRC news and I am Joy Stephen, an authorized Canadian Immigration practitioner bringing out this special edition of Immigration news from Provincial News, Ontario. This news was released by the government on 23/05/2023. I am coming to you from the Polinsys studios in Cambridge, Ontario. Today is the 30/05/2023
In Toronto on May 23, Monte McNaughton, the Ontario Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development, made an announcement stating that Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) has become the first professional association in the province to eliminate the requirement of Canadian work experience from their application criteria.
According to McNaughton, the removal of the Canadian work experience requirement will facilitate the entry of qualified professionals into their respective fields. He highlighted the common occurrence of skilled newcomers, such as engineers, doctors, or accountants, being employed in low-wage jobs unrelated to their professions. The recent work experience requirements set by PEO dictate that license applicants must demonstrate 48 months of verifiable and acceptable engineering experience after graduation, with at least 12 months of that experience obtained within a Canadian jurisdiction under a licensed professional engineer.
McNaughton emphasized that there are approximately 300,000 vacant positions throughout the province, including a significant number in the field of engineering, which leads to billions of dollars in lost productivity.
This change aligns with the Working for Workers Act, 2021, which mandates that regulated professions, including engineering, assess competency in a fair and unbiased manner. The objective is to ensure that newcomers can pursue their careers in Ontario without facing discriminatory barriers.
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