Canadian PM proposes new loans to assist with foreign credential recognition

08:23, April 07, 2011      

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday announced new measures to help recent immigrants strengthen their families' financial security by getting their foreign credentials recognized in Canada faster and more easily.

At a campaign event at a factory in Markham, the province of Ontario, Harper praised the contributions that immigrants have made to Canada's growth.

"We understand the importance of credential recognition to the financial security and well-being of new Canadians and their families, as well as the Canadian economy," said Harper.

He also noted that through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has invested 50 million Canadian dollars (about 52 million U.S. dollars) over two years in the development and implementation of the "Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications."

This program has already helped thousands of internationally- trained workers integrate into the workforce, said Harper.

Harper also announced that a Conservative government would build on its achievements by providing new loans to help recent immigrants pay for skills training or upgrading required before their credentials can be recognized in Canada.

"Some foreign-trained workers have difficulty paying for the tuition and other training costs associated with the foreign credential recognition process. These bridge loans will make it easier for new Canadians to find jobs that take full advantage of their experience and expertise," Harper said.

Source: Xinhua
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