The Alberta industry regulator for engineering technicians and technologists is one of the first in the country to cancel the requirement for Canadian education and work experience.
It means that new Alberta immigrants in the profession will find it much easier becoming certified in the province.
The Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) still requires candidates to take examinations, submit transcripts and show professional experience.
But Canadians and foreign education and experience are treated equally, i.e according to Alberta industry regulator.
This has improved the employment prospects for many newcomers who were stuck in a cycle of needing Canadian work experience to find work and requiring work to build Canadian experience.
Engineering technicians and technologists, under the National Occupational Classification code 2232, are different from professional engineers, who still need to have some Canadian experience to qualify in Alberta.
Statistics Canada says only half of the new immigrants with a degree in engineering are working in their area of specialization, compare to Sixty (66) per cent of their Canadian-born peers. Similar, although lesser, differences still exist in many STEM occupations.
Credential recognition is a crucial area being tackled by federal and provincial governments.
A lot of money is spent on immigrant integration programs, with credential recognition one of the most critical challenges.
Finding a job quickly is one of the major aspects of integrating quickly into Canadian society for newcomers.
In 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said it would spend $113 million on ways to assist new immigrants before they arrive in Canada.
The help available covers settlement and employment services as well as licensure applications for family class, economic class, refugees and Francophone immigrants.
With Canada’s federal government working out plans to welcome more than one million newcomers over the next three years, it knows investment in integration infrastructure will be required.
In-person services are provided in China, India, and the Philippines, along with a pilot program for in-person Francophone services in Morocco.