Evidence of meeting #5 for Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was process.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Rob Walsh  Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel, House of Commons
  • Christine Nielsen  Executive Director, Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
  • Jim McKee  Executive Director, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
  • Jill McCaw  Coordinator, Integration Project, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
  • Charles Shields  Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
  • Giulia Nastase  Manager, Special Projects, Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists

4 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Ed Komarnicki

Go ahead.

4 p.m.

Conservative

Devinder Shory Calgary Northeast, AB

Mr. Chair, I don't think this question is at all relevant to foreign credential recognition. I don't think this is a time when we should be addressing--

4 p.m.

Liberal

Rodger Cuzner Cape Breton—Canso, NS

[Inaudible--Editor]...question. We're just trying to further develop the role of the federal government and what possibilities the provincial government might have, and it could apply to workers from foreign countries as well.

4 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Ed Komarnicki

I think it's getting into another field there, Mr. Cuzner.

4 p.m.

Liberal

Rodger Cuzner Cape Breton—Canso, NS

Okay.

4 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Ed Komarnicki

If you want to bring it to a question, could you do so? I think we're going far afield, even though it's hypothetical.

4:05 p.m.

Liberal

Rodger Cuzner Cape Breton—Canso, NS

Is it a little broad?

4:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Ed Komarnicki

Right. Can you bring it home?

4:05 p.m.

Liberal

Rodger Cuzner Cape Breton—Canso, NS

I will surrender my time on that.

Thank you, Mr. Walsh.

4:05 p.m.

Conservative

The Chair Ed Komarnicki

Mr. Daniel.

October 18th, 2011 / 4:05 p.m.

Conservative

Joe Daniel Don Valley East, ON

Thank you.

Thank you, Mr. Walsh, for coming in.

As a new parliamentarian and a first-generation Canadian who has gone through the qualification process, I am curious about all of the different provinces having their own regulations for their own professions. We've talked about foreign qualifications, but what about Canadians who have been here...? For example, do the qualifications of a nurse in the eastern provinces transferring into Ontario still hold value, or do they have to go through the registration process again?

4:05 p.m.

Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel, House of Commons

Rob Walsh

I can't address nurses specifically, but I believe there has been some significant progress made in enabling some of these qualifications to move from one province to the other.

I know that in my own field there has been significant progress made. It used to be that a lawyer couldn't go to another province and enter into the courts or engage in any practise of law. Now they can, I understand, with nominal requirements. Obviously there are provincial laws that the outside lawyer may not know, so there may be some schooling required in that regard, but basically it's not what it used to be.

I suspect that in the area of nursing within Canada they are able to move around fairly well. You hear stories of some professional groups that find themselves in great demand in another part of the country; there is almost a migration from one part of the country to another to meet the economic needs. I suspect that on the whole it's not bad, but there may be some areas, however, where it's difficult.

As you know, this program means to deal with the immigrant coming from another jurisdiction, who has credentials from another jurisdiction and is trying to get recognition here for those credentials from the other jurisdiction.

4:05 p.m.

Conservative

Joe Daniel Don Valley East, ON

To follow up on that, I am thinking about what the actual process is to validate the qualifications. How is that done in terms of taking what the foreign credential is and comparing or processing it with the Canadian qualification?

4:05 p.m.

Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel, House of Commons

Rob Walsh

Well, I would think it depends on the professional field and the regulator in that field. I would imagine—and I say “imagine” because I don't specifically know—and it would stand to reason that an engineering regulatory agency in a province would have jurisdiction in respect to which it readily recognizes the qualifications of engineers in other jurisdictions where it has some reservations or in other jurisdictions where it simply doesn't accept.... I don't know. But they would have, I would think, some foreign credentials that are not a problem for them and others that are a problem. But you have to look at each professional field, I think.

4:05 p.m.

Conservative

Joe Daniel Don Valley East, ON

So as we discuss the different provinces, is there any information with regard to the standards that each of the provinces holds? For example, if I'm an engineer coming in, would it be easier for me to get into Alberta versus Ontario or one of the other provinces?