‘We’re valuing their degrees’: Province introduces new regulations for international credentials


Professionals will soon have a more streamlined, efficient and transparent process to get their international credentials recognized in B.C.

The province’s is launching it’s new International Credentials Recognition Act.

Starting July 1, the province will be removing barriers many newcomers face when looking for local jobs with out of country educations.

“We’re valuing the degrees, the education, all their lived experience in their home countries,” Ravi Parmar, parliamentary secretary for international credentials, said.

The International Credentials Recognition Act aims to attract professionals who weren’t trained in Canada to fill integral jobs in the province who traditionally would have a hard time securing them.

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One major change is eliminating the catch-22 of unnecessary Canadian work experience requirements for experienced internationally trained professionals. The catch-22 was that a person needed work experience to work in Canada, but couldn’t work in Canada because of the lack of Canadian work experience.

“We’re eliminating redundant English language tests and I think the real key piece is we gave a superintendent in place that will work with regulatory bodies that are responsible for professions to ensure they are all complying with the legislation,” Parmar added.

Meagan Brame, owner of Saxe Point Daycare, said more workers are especially needed in early child care.

“We are in a crisis,” Brame, who also plans to run as a BC United candidate in the fall provincial election, said. “There’s not enough spaces and one of the main reasons there’s not enough enough staff.”

She said while this announcement sounds good the devil is in the details, adding she has concerns about exactly how this plan will play out.

“We have to remember in the child care industry we are dealing with B.C.’s most vulnerable population and their wellbeing and safety needs to be paramount and top priority, even over space creation,” Brame said.

To ensure the international workers coming in are quality workers, she suggests they go through a similar process as early childcare educators (ECE) who graduate in B.C.

This includes having the new ECE’s work for 500 hours with a fellow ECE so they’re not working alone.

Brame said this will ensure they are getting quality people and ensure there aren’t any huge gaps in education and training.

“Just doing that little extra check in balance, but still having them working in the field in what we need as an ECE,” she explained.

Parmar told CHEK News these new regulations are going to be game changers for newcomers coming into the province.

“We are going after untapped potential in talent that we haven’t been able to in the past,” he said.

The superintendent will work with 18 regulatory bodies responsible for 29 professions through this act including:

  •  registered music teacher
  •  professional engineer
  •  professional teaching certificate holder
  •  land surveyor
  •  early childhood educator
  •  landscape architect
  •  early childhood educator assistant
  •  applied science technologist
  •  conditional teaching certificate holder
  •  certified technician
  •  social worker
  •  veterinarian
  •  registered clinical social worker
  •  lawyer
  •  professional biologist
  •  architect
  •  applied biology technician
  •  notary public
  •  registered biology technologist
  •  emergency medical assistant, including paramedics
  •  professional geoscientist
  •  chartered professional accountant
  •  registered professional forester
  •  associate real estate broker
  •  registered forest technologist
  •  managing real estate broker
  •  professional agrologist
  •  real estate representative
  •  technical agrologist

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