8 Canadian Lab. & Emp. L.J. 17 (2000)
Strategies for Challenging Discriminatory Barriers to Foreign Credential Recognition

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Strategies for Challenging Discriminatory
Barriers to Foreign Credential Recognition
Mary Cornish, Elizabeth McIntyre & Amanda Pask*
While attracting and integrating skilled professionals and
tradespersons to Canada is central to the success of Canadian immi-
gration policy, this objective continues to be jeopardized by the many
barriers foreign-trained immigrants face in having their skills and cre-
dentials recognized.' These barriers have a number of sources, but the
most frequently cited are the various rules of the provincial bodies
which regulate access to professions and trades through licensing and
registration requirements; the requirements of educational institu-
tions; and the hiring and promotion rules of employers.2 These barri-
ers have been recognized and studied for many years, culminating in
Ontario in the 1989 Access! Report3 and in the 1997 federal Not Just
Numbers Report.' The current problem is not so much identifying the
barriers, but rather establishing effective strategies for their elimina-
* The authors are lawyers with Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish,
Toronto, Ontario.
1 Not Just Numbers - A Canadian Framework for Future Immigration, Report of
the Legislative Review Advisory Group to the Minister of Citizenship and
Immigration, Minister of Public Works & Government Services Canada, 1997,
Executive Summary.
2 Not Just Numbers Report, ibid., section 4.5, Access to Professions and Trades.
3 Access! Task Force on Access to Professions and Trades in Ontario, 1989,
Queen's Printer for Ontario; and Not Just Numbers Report, ibid.
4 Not Just Numbers Report, ibid., section 4.5.

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