Thank you, Mr. Chair, and my thanks to the witnesses for coming here this afternoon.
I want to thank my colleague from across the way, Ms. Charlton, for promoting the story I have been talking about for years and years, about the taxi driver and the doctor. I'm not a doctor by profession, but I have lived through this problem of foreign qualification recognition. It's my passion and one of the reasons I came to politics.
During the study, I found out that the skilled worker point system gives points based upon years of education. Nowhere does it recognize your education as a doctor or an engineer. Basically, it does not qualify you to have the same profession once you come to Canada. That is one fact I found out after doing some study.
When we were having our study on foreign qualification recognition—Ms. Fréchette, this will be for you—the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada agreed that there was a shortage of doctors in each province and territory. There was no question about that. They also mentioned that recognizing or training these foreign-qualified doctors would put pressure on provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities, which would have to register and license these graduates.
We all know there is a shortage. We all know that we do not want to lower our standards. So what do we do? You talked about matching immigration policies with needs. How can we make improvements to foreign qualification recognition without lowering the standard? What is the number one roadblock preventing foreign-trained medical professionals from getting into the system?