New B.C. law aimed at finding labour shortage relief from abroad
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New B.C. law aimed at finding labour shortage relief from abroad

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B.C. introduces legislation to bring in Foreign Trained Professionals

Facing a skilled labour shortage that is expected to worsen in the coming years, the province unveiled new laws last Monday aimed at getting foreign-trained professionals to work in B.C. sooner.

“We have one million-plus jobs that will be opening in the next decade in this province, and we know we will not be successful in filling up those jobs unless at least a third of them are filled by newcomers to British Columbia,” said Premier David Eby Monday.

Premier David Eby said the province cannot leave people with talent and experience on the sidelines, given the labour shortages that B.C. is facing now and in the coming years.

“We have many unfair processes that force new arrivals to British Columbia to go through incredibly complex, contradictory, hard-to-understand, expensive, repetitive processes that are frustrating and ultimately cause people to give up and work in a field that they’re not trained in,” the premier said during a news conference.

The proposed legislation applies to 29 occupations, including early childhood educators and teachers.

“The need couldn’t be more urgent, I mean you’re talking about a problem that impacts every district in the province in our opinion,” said Clint Johnston, the president of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation.

The list also includes engineers, landscape architects, social workers, veterinarians, architects, biologists, real estate brokers and lawyers.

Alice Wong is a social worker from Hong Kong. After a year of struggling to get credentialed, this Tuesday will be her first day in B.C. working in her trained profession.

The legislation aims to remove some of those hurdles—eliminating the need for Canadian work experience, removing redundant language tests, making credentialing assessment information available online and setting maximum time limits for processing credentials.

“I spoke to an internationally trained professional that told me they spent 18 to 24 months on a website, clicking refresh to see if their application has been accepted,” noted Andrew Mercier, the minister of state for workforce development.

If passed, the new laws will take effect next summer

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