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Attention engineers! No Canadian work experience is needed for Ontario engineering jobs. Apply now and start your dream career!

  • Engineers skilled overseas will no longer have to obtain Canadian work experience to be employed by Professional Engineers Ontario.
  • Engineers in Ontario can now practice without fear of discrimination because work experience is no longer required.
  • Among international engineers applying for PEO licenses, 60% have Canadian work experience.
  • An estimated 300,000 jobs are currently available in Ontario, including engineering jobs.
  • Ontario is making it easier for newcomers in regulated professions, like nursing, to get accreditation by changing its language proficiency policies. 

Ontario eliminates Canadian work experience

Canadian work experience is no longer a requirement for Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Hence, skilled newcomers can now enter their trained professions, solving the low-wage issue. 

Before this, aspiring candidates encountered obstacles such as the requirement of having 48 months of engineering experience, which must also include experience in a Canadian jurisdiction. In addition, the aforementioned decision aligns with the Working for Workers Act, a measure designed to promote equitable assessments and bolster employment opportunities for engineers trained abroad who reside in Ontario. 

Resolving the shortage of labor and the loss of productivity 

In Ontario, there are 300,000 unfilled jobs across the province, including in the engineering sector. Thus, by removing the work experience requirement, the licensing process for qualified international engineers will be expedited, resulting in greater productivity and economic growth. 

International Engineers Experience Positive Impact 

In Ontario, the removal of the Canadian work experience requirement for engineers has an advantage for professionals who have been trained abroad. As a matter of fact, these professionals account for approximately 60% of the license applications that PEO receives every year. Additionally, with this change, qualified international engineers will be able to get their licenses quickly, thereby increasing the number of job opportunities in the province. 

It is estimated that there are currently 85,649 engineers licensed in the province, with a large number of them being internationally trained. Therefore, as a result of removing the work experience requirement from the licensing process, high licensing standards will be maintained while allowing qualified professionals to pursue careers in their fields. 

Competency assurance and evaluation 

While the PEO has eliminated the work experience requirement, Roydon Fraser affirms that the organization remains committed to ensuring that all professional engineers meet stringent licensing requirements. Moreover, among other measures, the PEO plans to implement a competency-based assessment model and other evaluation methods to ensure that only qualified individuals practice engineering in the province. 

The accreditation of other regulated professions 

It is true that Ontario, the nation's most populous province, experiences labor shortages in a wide range of industries. Therefore, the list includes regulated professions as well. As a result of this issue, Ontario has come up with several measures to streamline the accreditation process for newcomers to address it. 

There is now the opportunity for nurses from other Canadian jurisdictions to work in the province without additional registration. On the other hand, nurses with a foreign educational background can register temporarily to begin working as soon as possible. 

The College of Nurses of Ontario has implemented cooperative actions 

By adjusting language proficiency policies and collaborating with colleges and universities, the College of Nurses of Ontario has addressed the needs of international nurses. Thus, a significant number of internationally trained nurses were registered in the past year, highlighting the importance of streamlining the accreditation process. 

Hurry! Migration to Canada is best in 2023. Grab the opportunity today! 

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