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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is funding a platform that will benefit ITPs

Updated: Aug 27, 2022

IRCC news release puts forwards that:

On June 6, 2022, the IRCC Parliament Secretary announced that around $1.5 million will be used to promote sector collaboration and information sharing for internationally educated healthcare professionals (IEHPs) in Canada through National Newcomer Navigation Network (N4).

This project is inspired by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s (CHEO’s) N4 which has been helping newcomers in Canada with their settlement since April 2019.

Now, N4 will be a platform for IEHPs to find information on foreign qualification and credential recognition in all provinces and territories outside Quebec, as well as to reduce barriers to employment in Canada’s healthcare sector.

"We are pleased to continue working with the National Newcomer Navigation Network to support healthcare professionals educated abroad in securing jobs in Canada's healthcare sector."

– Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship


What the project will offer?

This project will also assist ITPs in securing employment in the Canadian healthcare industry by implementing the following:

-Curated and verified materials that support IEHP employment in a single, simple-to-search manner.

-Facilitate connections and collaborations between IEHPs and employers.

-Series of short courses addressing IEHPs' skill requirements.

-User-friendly recorded learning bites to promote organizational understanding of the procedure for making IEHPs employable.

-Virtual events to improve stakeholder interaction, education, and collaboration on the employment of IEHPs issue.


How does it affect ITPs?

Due to a rigorous process of foreign credential recognition and a lack of information around it, many ITPs cannot work in Canada's healthcare sector. By reducing barriers to working in the healthcare sector and recognising international credentials , this project can help ITPs quickly gain the clinical experience needed to be licensed as physicians in Canada. This will address the healthcare shortage problem in Canada while also securing a better future for Canadians.


To read the full news release and access the project website visit:

Summarized by: Dr. Sanam Afreen (PAR committee volunteer)

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