The Ontario Government intends to pass legislation in the comings days which would help address the province-wide labour shortage by making it easier for internationally trained migrants to start careers in their profession.
This new legislation if passed would remove a huge barrier for Canadian migrants facing difficulty in getting a job that matches their qualification which is the need for Canadian work experience to get professional registration and licensing. This change applies to non-health-regulated professionals such as engineers, architects, plumbers, electricians, accountants, hair stylists, teachers, and early childhood educators. However, these changes are yet to be implemented by health professionals and the ministry of labour is working closely with the provincial health ministry to see if these changes can be applied to them.
According to this new legislation, new migrants would not have to complete another language test for their professional licensing after already submitting one for migration. In addition, this would allow the applicants to register faster in their profession when there are emergencies that create an urgent requirement for certain workers as we saw during the pandemic situation. These changes would also ensure that the licensing process is done promptly. At present, the licensing times for some professions can take up to 18 months or more, which affects the employment of the workers during that time.
“Ontario is facing a generational labour shortage with hundreds of thousands of jobs going unfilled. However, all too often, newcomers in this province struggle to find jobs in their regulated profession for no other reason than bureaucracy and red tape,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
“These are folks who often have the training, experience, and qualifications to work in booming industries where Ontario desperately needs help but are being denied a chance to contribute. If these proposed changes are passed, Ontario would become the first province in Canada to help level the playing field in certain regulated professions so that workers coming here have the opportunity to build a better life for themselves and their loved ones and build stronger communities for us all.” If this skills gap is addressed, Ontario would see an increase in the GDP by $20 billion
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