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AIT Press Release Backgrounder - Feb/10/2010

Backgrounder

The Agreement on Internal Trade, which was signed by all provinces and territories and the Government of Canada, came into effect in 1995 with the goal of facilitating the movement of people, investments and services across Canada. In December 2008, changes to Chapter 7 of the Agreement, which addresses interprovincial labour mobility, were announced. These amendments ensure that any worker who is certified for a regulated occupation in one province or territory can be certified in any other province or territory.

Labour mobility refers to the freedom of workers to practice their occupation or trade wherever opportunities exist. Each year, approximately 200,000 Canadians relocate to a different province or territory, and look for work. Sometimes, barriers to labour mobility exist, and certified workers in one province or territory may have to be re-assessed before they can be certified to work in another.

While most Canadians can now benefit from full labour mobility, there are a small number of professions for which additional requirements are needed when moving to another province and/or territory. These exceptions have been established as necessary to meet a legitimate objective, such as the protection of public health or safety. More information on the additional requirements needed for these occupations can be found on the Internal Trade Secretariat’s Web site.

The Economic Action Plan invested $50 million over two years to work with partners to develop a common approach to foreign qualification recognition, with the ultimate objective of improving the process of assessing and recognizing foreign qualifications. On November 30, 2009, the new Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications was announced. It will allow foreign-trained workers who submit a full application to be licensed or registered to work in their field to be informed within one year whether their qualifications will be recognized.

For more information on labour mobility, visit the following Web sites:

www.hrsdc.gc.ca/workplaceskills/labour_mobility

www.hrsdc.gc.ca/workplaceskills/credential_recognition