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Event #18

#CdnImm Event #18 - Internationally Educated Health Professionals
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
North York Central Library Auditorium


Access to Employment for Internationally Educated Health Professionals

The aims of this session were:

  • To help settlement workers in directing internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) to the supports they need to achieve registration in regulated fields or to transfer their skills to alternate careers
  • To understand regulatory and labour market trends in Ontario health professions and heath care-focused public or private-sector services
  • To review pre-arrival and immediate post-arrival supports to increase readiness for IEHPs
  • To discuss increased collaboration and specialization to improve access to professional designation and employment outcomes for IEHPs


Nuzhat Jafri, Executive Director, Office of the Fairness Commissioner


Nuzhat Jafri, Executive Director, Office of the Fairness Commissioner
The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) is an arm's-length agency of the Ontario government, established under the Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act, 2006, with a mandate to ensure transparent, objective, impartial and fair registration processes. The Office works with the regulated professions and compulsory trades in Ontario to ensure that they have registration practices that are transparent, objective, impartial and fair. It requires them to submit yearly Fair Registration Practices Reports about them and improve their registration practices by implementing the OFC’s recommendations. The commissioner submits an annual report to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. The report highlights licensing trends and issues.

Wayne Oake, Director, Access Centre for Internationally Educated Health Professionals, HealthForceOntario
HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency supports the province in ensuring that Ontarians have access to the right number and mix of qualified health care providers. The Access Centre is a unit within the agency. Staff at the Access Centre help clients navigate the licensing, certification and regulatory process for all of Ontario’s regulated health professions. Over 20,000 internationally educated health professionals have registered to become clients of the Access Centre since its inception in 2007.

Christine Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer, The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) is the national certifying body for medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory assistants, and the national professional society for Canada's medical laboratory professionals. CSMLS is a not-for-profit organization that is funded entirely by membership dues and revenues from goods and services. It does not receive operational funding from governments or other organizations. Its members practice in hospital laboratories, private medical laboratories, public health laboratories, government laboratories, research and educational institutions. Incorporated in 1937 as the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists, the society has over 14,500 members in Canada and in countries around the world.

Ruth Wojtiuk, Professional Practice Lead, CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses has supported over 1,400 nurses from more than 140 countries to become registered in the province since 2001. CARE Centre is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Ontario Government and the Government of Canada. CARE Centre provides immigrant nurses with the one-on-one case management, language and communication skills, exam preparation, professional development, mentoring and networking to be successful in the nursing profession. CARE Centre recognizes the value of nurses with diverse education and experience and is committed to advocating for their full contribution to Ontario’s healthcare system.

Surranna Sandy, Executive Director, Skills for Change
Skills for Change is known for pioneering programs that respond to shifting immigration and workplace trends and lead to employment. Beginning in 1983, a range of accelerated programs are offered to fit the needs of the people arriving from all parts of the world. Services offered include information and referral, French and English language assessment, English language instruction, integrated language/skills training, employment preparation, business skills, mentoring and settlement services. Skills for Change offers a one-week course for internationally educated health professionals offering sector-specific employment preparation to aid in the transition to long-term alternative employment in the non-regulated health sector. The program teaches how to secure an alternative career utilizing medical expertise.

Sylvie Beauvais, Program Enhancement and Quality Assurance Manager, CIIP Canadian Immigration Integration Project
Immigration is vital to Canada’s population growth and economic prosperity. Yet, while demand for their skills grows, many highly competent newcomers to Canada remain underemployed. The Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) was created by the federal government to prepare newcomers for economic integration while still in their country of origin. CIIP is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to provide free pre-departure orientation to Federal Skilled Workers, Provincial Nominees, their spouses and adult dependents, while they are still overseas during the final stages of the immigration process. CIIP helps immigrants prepare for economic success by providing information, planning and online support through partners in Canada. CIIP offices are located in China, India, Philippines and the United Kingdom and services are available in additional service delivery locations.

Presentation Material

Nuzhat Jafri Wayne Oake Christine Nielsen
Ruth Wojtiuk Surranna Sandy Sylvie Beauvais


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