The government of Manitoba has proposed a new process for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. The proposed judicial amendments are a part of the Manitoba government’s efforts to speed up the foreign credential recognition process.
Ralph Eichler, Manitoba’s minister of economic development and training, announced this new process on November 2.
He said in a media release, “Our goal is to remove obstacles so that qualified and skilled international educated applicants can get opportunities to practice their profession in Manitoba sooner and they will get fair treatment when they apply for a license to practice in Manitoba.” He added, “Many newcomers to Manitoba are highly qualified and educated, and they possess in-demand skills and experience to work in Manitoba. We want to help them by keeping their skills up to date so they can join their professions more rapidly after arriving in Manitoba and help grow our economy”.
The changes retain to the Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act that was passed in 2009. This act aimed to ensure regulated professions had registration and application processes for people who were educated abroad and entered the labor force of Manitoba. It was meant to ensure that the registration and application processes were objective, transparent, fair, and impartial.
Some of these 30 self-regulated professions in Manitoba included the college of Practical Nurses, Pharmacists, Registered Nurses, Surgeons, and Physicians, Chartered Professional Accountants Manitoba, the Manitoba Dental Association, Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association, and Manitoba College of Social Workers.
The proposed amendments can help reduce barriers to the timely and successful registration of internationally trained applications. They would also fulfill a commitment to the 2019 election. It involves regulated professions to have registration practices stable with domestic trade agreements.
The proposed amendments will set timeline standards for the regulated professions that will shorten the processes for registration. However, they will also create a duty for regulations to make sure that registration requirements and assessments are essential for practicing the profession.
Additionally, professions will have to take reasonable steps to work with post-secondary employers and institutions. They will have to ensure international educated applicants can cover the gaps and meet requirements for registration.
The minister will also get the authority to enforce compliance that will align Manitoba with similar and fair laws in Nova Scotia, Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario.
Domestic Trade Agreements
They would also address non-compliance within domestic trade agreements by needing a regulated profession. The professions need to comply with the New West Partnership and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement.
These changes will also simplify the administration of this act. Manitoba will also appoint a director who will be responsible for the act to clarify the structure of reporting. However, there will be the additional support staff that will be responsible for administering this act.
Finally, the new amendments will force regulatory bodies to notify the director. They will update the director regarding fair registration practices of changes to their assessment and registration practices. The changes will get feedback before the implementation to avoid any adverse effect on applicants.
Eichler noted that only 16% of international educated applicants registered in Manitoba during 2015 to 2017. However, they represented 41% of all applicants during that period.
He also said that the act aims to improve the policies for newcomers that are trying to establish their careers in Manitoba. We need to help skilled workers who are coming through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Manitoba will help the immigrants to find jobs in their profession so they can help to fill the labor market gaps.