Based on the experience we have, there are three things I'd like to suggest. First is to increase attention on the language capacity. We would suggest this might be done at the screening of possible immigrants, providing access to language training once in Canada.
Second is to develop a scholarship or loan program for IMRTs, like a Canada student loans program, to participate in bridging programs. By receiving this funding, IHPs or internationally educated medical radiation technologists can support the programs they choose to attend through the funding they are receiving. At the same time, they would be able to continue to work.
Third, we think it's very important that those bridging programs include time in supervised clinical practice. That is going to require involvement of provinces, however, because health is a provincial responsibility.
Thank you very much. I look forward to answering questions that members of the committee might have.