Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators complete Labour Mobility Project
November 30, 2012
The Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators has been working with its provincial partners and stakeholder groups to ensure that paramedics are free to practice their occupation wherever opportunities may exist. One of COPR major initiatives has been the Labour Mobility Project and the development of National Exams for the Primary Care and the Advanced Care paramedics. The National Exams were launched in June 2012. To date four provinces have replaced their provincial exams with the national exams and other provinces are moving towards this in the next few years. COPR is pleased to announce it will be offering the National Exams every two to three months in those provinces that have agreed to adopt the exams.
The project, funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program, was announced in February 2010 as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to make full labour mobility a reality. All of the provinces provided a significant contribution of time and energy to make this a successful project. COPR would like particularly to thank the vision and leadership of the Alberta College of Paramedics. Their leadership was key to the success of the project.
In addition to the National Exams, COPR has been working towards the development of a strategy for a common approach to assessing and recognizing the credentials of foreign-trained paramedics.