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Government of Canada taking action to increase labour mobility for paramedics

SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA, February 10, 2010 - The Government of Canada is working with its provincial and territorial partners to ensure that paramedics are free to practice their occupation wherever opportunities may exist. Mr. Tim Uppal, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, made the announcement today, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, our government is taking concrete action to make full labour mobility a reality," said Mr. Uppal. "It benefits workers and employers alike; workers have a wider range of opportunities and employers have a larger and richer pool of qualified candidates."

The Alberta College of Paramedics will receive, on behalf of paramedic regulatory authorities across Canada, over $1 million from the Government of Canada to develop, in collaboration with Canadian regulatory authorities, a single national standard and process for the qualification, assessment and certification of paramedics, leading to full labour mobility for practitioners. The paramedic regulatory authorities will also work towards developing a strategy for a common approach to assessing and recognizing the credentials of foreign-trained paramedics.

"We are excited to work together on this important initiative that will ultimately help shape the future of the paramedic profession in Canada," said Mr. Dale Broemeling, interim chair of the regulatory authorities working group. "We thank the Government of Canada for their important contribution to this endeavour."

Improving foreign credential recognition is a key commitment of the Government of Canada. The Government is working with partners and stakeholders to break down the barriers to labour market integration for internationally trained workers; this partnership directly contributed to the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications, which was announced last November.

The Government of Canada, the provinces and territories and regulatory authorities are working together to eliminate internal trade barriers and enhance labour mobility in Canada. Initiatives are being undertaken across the country with the aim to allow Canadians to work anywhere in Canada, without any additional training, examinations or assessments.

Further information can be found in the attached backgrounder.

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For further information (media only):

Michelle Bakos
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Finley
819-994-2482

Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
819-994-5559