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Credential Evaluation for immigrants in Canada

Posted on Feb. 22nd 2009 at 05:35 pm EST (1034 views, 2 comments)

Before you come to Canada, it is very crutial to have your academic documents such as diplomas, transcripts and certificates evaluated. As an immigrant, you may need to evaluate your credentials for the following purposes:

1- Immigration, for skilled or Economic categories.

2- Employment.

3- Licensing with Professional Association.

4- Entry to Apprenticeship training programs.

5- Higher Education and/or Continuing Education.

The process for getting your credential evaluated will depend on whether you want to enter a regulated or not regulated occupation., or pursue continuing education. As a general rule, if your chosen occupation is regulated, the recognition of qualifications will be determined by the appropriate provincial or territorial regulatory body, while for a non-regulated occupation, recognition is normally at the discretion of the employer.

You can find out more about the specific requirements for recognition of your qualifications in your profession/trade by doing the following:

1. Contact the professional association governing your occupation in your own country to find out if there are any links with similar associations in Canada. Consult the publication entitled National Occupational Classification at the closest Canadian diplomatic mission to find out more about employment requirements for your occupation.
2. Find out the name and address of the professional regulatory body governing your profession/trade in the province or territory where you intend to settle by enquiring with CICIC.
3. Write to the regulatory body and ask about the specific requirements and costs for licensing, certification, or registration, as well as the recommended procedure for an assessment. The regulatory body will advise you concerning the required documentation and the fees for assessment.

You should be aware that the recognition process is different in each province and territory and for each profession/trade. It can be a costly and time-consuming process; so it is important that you obtain all the information you need to know about the process and specific requirements before undertaking an assessment.

There are several evaluation services that can help you in assesssing your credentials in comparison with the canadian educational standards.Some of the organizations that perform credential evaluations in Canada are:



Alberta

Alliance canadienne des services d'évaluation de diplômesInternational Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry

9th Floor, 108th Street Building

9942 - 108 Street

Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada

Tel.: +1 780 427-2655

Toll-free in Alberta: 310-0000 ask for 427-2655

Fax: +1 780 422-9734

Web site: http://employment.alberta.ca/cps/rde/xchg/hre/hs.xsl/4512.html



British Columbia

Alliance canadienne des services d'évaluation de diplômesInternational Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)

3700, avenue Willingdon

Burnaby, British Columbia V5G 3H2 Canada

Tel.: +1 604 432-8800

Toll-Free within North America: +1-866-434-9197

Fax: +1 604 435-7033

Email: icesinfo@bcit.ca

Web site: http://www.bcit.ca/ices/



Manitoba

Alliance canadienne des services d'évaluation de diplômesAcademic Credentials Assessment Service - Manitoba (ACAS)

Manitoba Labour and Immigration

Settlement & Labour Market Services Branch

5th Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1N3 Canada

Tel.: +1 204 945-6300

Toll-Free within North America: +1-800-665-8332

Fax: +1 204 948-2148

Web site: http://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/immigrate/work/recognition/acas.html



Ontario

Comparative Education Service (CES)

University of Toronto

315 Bloor Street West

Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A3 Canada

Tel.: +1 416 978-2190

Fax: +1 416 978-7022

Costs for service

Site Web : http://www.adm.utoronto.ca/ces/



International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)

Ontario AgriCentre

100 Stone Road West, Suite 303

Guelph, Ontario N1G 5L3 Canada

Tel: +1 519 763-7282

Toll-free: +1 800 321-6021

Fax: +1 519 763-6964

Email: info@icascanada.ca

Fees and Services

Web site: http://www.icascanada.ca/



Alliance canadienne des services d'évaluation de diplômesWorld Education Services-Canada (WES Canada)

45 Charles Street East, Suite 700

Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1S2 Canada

Tel.: +1 416 972-0070

Fax: +1 416 972-9004

Toll-free: +1 866 343-0070 (from outside the 416 area code)

Email: ontario@wes.org

Web site: http://www.wes.org/ca/



Québec

Alliance canadienne des services d'évaluation de diplômesCentre d'expertise sur les formations acquises hors du Québec (CEFAHQ)

Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles

255, boulevard Crémazie Est, 8e étage

Montréal (Québec) H2M 1M2 Canada

Tel.: +1 514 864-9191

Elsewhere in Quebec (toll free): +1 877 264-6164

Fax: +1 514 873-8701

Email: renseignements@micc.gouv.qc.ca

Web site: http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/education/comparative-evaluation/index.html



Saskatchewan

Alliance canadienne des services d'évaluation de diplômesInternational Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry

9th Floor, 108th Street Building

9942 - 108 Street

Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada

Tel.: +1 780 427-2655

Toll-free in Alberta: 310-0000 ask for 427-2655

Fax: +1 780 422-9734

Web site: http://employment.alberta.ca/cps/rde/xchg/hre/hs.xsl/4512.html

* The Government of Saskatchewan provides this service through an interprovincial agreement with the Government of Alberta.



Territoires du Nord-Ouest

Alliance canadienne des services d'évaluation de diplômesInternational Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry

9th Floor, 108th Street Building

9942 - 108 Street

Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada

Tel.: +1 780 427-2655

Toll-free in Alberta: 310-0000 ask for 427-2655

Fax: +1 780 422-9734

Web site: http://employment.alberta.ca/cps/rde/xchg/hre/hs.xsl/4512.html

* The Government of the Northwest Territories provides this service through an interprovincial agreement with the Government of Alberta.





The government’s Foreign Credentials Referral Office website (www.credentials.gc.ca) features a useful search engine called” Working in Canada”. You can type in your occupation and the search engine will bring up a comprehensive report that tells you whether this occupation is regulated in Canada and whether you need to be licensed by a regulatory body. Then it will tell you where in your region of choice you can get licensed.
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Comments:
manuelo13 wrote on Feb. 25th 2009 at 09:49 am EST
Does one have to do this credential assessment before sending application to CIC?
For a regulated occupation,does the credential assessment take the place of a qualifying exam; if not which one comes before the other?
vlachica wrote on Feb. 25th 2009 at 08:26 am EST
Do you info of numbers of applicants that were successful. I am planning to do this and I already contacted APEGGA.
Thanks
 
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