Internationally Trained Worker Loan Program
There are over 2.9 million Internationally Trained Workers (ITWs) in Canada – including skilled immigrants and Canadians with international training or education. For many ITWs, a lack of foreign credential recognition is a significant barrier to achieving employment and effective labour market integration. Foreign credential recognition is the process of verifying that the education and job experience obtained in another country is equal to the standards established in Canada.
The Internationally Trained Worker Loan Program provides ITWs (residing in southwestern Ontario) access to the funds necessary to achieve foreign credential recognition and employment outcomes commensurate with their international education, skills and experience. Loans assist ITWs in covering the direct and indirect costs related to foreign credential recognition, including:
- Qualification assessment
- Exam and Licensure fees
- Tuition fees for training and skills upgrading
- Books and course materials
- Professional association fees
- Other costs relating to obtaining accreditation/training as required
This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program.