- What is the labour mobility agreement?
The First Ministers in Canada have an Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) with a Chapter on Labour Mobility (chapter 7). The Labour Mobility Chapter was amended in January 2009, to establish full labour mobility for all regulated professions.
- What is full labour mobility?
According to the AIT, full labour mobility means that every worker certified for an occupation by a regulatory authority shall, upon application, be certified by the receiving province with no further assessment, training or experience requirements. In other words, if you have a license to practice or are registered for your profession in one province, if you apply, you will be licensed or registered in another province with no exam or major training requirements.
- Does this apply all the time? I can go anywhere in Canada to work as a paramedic?
There are some exceptions. If there is a significant difference in the scope of practice from your current jurisdiction to the other province, you may face some restriction on your license or be required to take some training before you can be registered.
- How can I find out whether I would face some restrictions or other conditions if I was to seek registration in another province?
An AIT tool that maps the crosswalks between provinces for different paramedic levels is under development.
- I am already licensed to practice/registered in my profession. What is the impact of AIT on my current license or registration?
AIT has no impact on your current license. It only has an impact if you apply for a license from another province. AIT provides mobility between jurisdictions for similar registration or license levels. See the AIT tool for the ‘crosswalks’ between provinces.
- Are there timelines I should know about?
No, once the AIT is in effect on an ongoing basis. Please contact the regulator of the province from which you are seeking a license or registration on any specific questions regarding registration.
- Will I be required to take any additional training in order to get registered with or get a license from another province?
In most cases there will be no significant training required. Please contact the regulator of the province from which you are seeking a license or registration on any specific questions regarding registration.
- What if I have previously been refused a license in the jurisdiction that I am applying?
Each jurisdiction will address the issue of prior knowledge of the applicant through their policies. Please contact the regulator for their policy.
- How long does it take to get a license under this process?
The time will be specific to each regulator but the process is not expected to take more than 4 to 6 weeks.
- How am I informed of expectations around practice in the new province?
The required Jurisprudence Exam covers the laws, regulations, protocols and policies that you are responsible to know for that specific jurisdiction.
- Will there be any restrictions on my license or my practice?
Each jurisdiction has limitations on practice established through Scopes of Practice. Please contact the regulator of the province from which you are seeking a license or registration on any specific questions regarding registration.
- How do I remove restrictions placed on my license?
If the process is not specified on the AIT tool, please contact the regulator.
- I am a recent graduate can I get a license from one jurisdiction and then use AIT to get a license in another jurisdiction?
Yes. However, AIT is not intended to enable graduates to circumvent licensing requirements. The initial license in any jurisdiction will be subject to additional requirements such as licensing examinations and proof of completion of approved training programs.
- How does AIT impact me?
AIT applies only to license holders.