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Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner

Position Statements introduce issues in fair registration practice relevant for the fair consideration of internationally educated applicants. They make clear what the Fairness Commissioner calls for from Manitoba Professions subject to The Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act.  Their purpose is to provide concise, concrete analysis and explanation of important fairness issues and guidance for best practice.

Alternative Documentation

Sometimes people have good reasons why they cannot supply required documents for licensure; for instance their university no longer exists or they are refugees in difficult political circumstances.  This can be a challenge, but to be fair we need to consider alternatives. Continue reading

Ensuring Fairness with Third Parties – NEW

Many regulated professions rely on third parties to conduct assessments and exams. Manitoba’s fairness legislation makes clear regulated professions need to ensure the assessments they use are fair. In this position statement, we identify and explain some steps professions can take to meet this obligation.

Fair Documentation Requirements – NEW

Regulated professions have good reason to require documents from applicants. To be fair, documentation requirements should not be more difficult than necessary to allow the profession to do its job. Read about the steps regulated professions can take to ensure their documentation requirements are fair.

Fair Language Competency Policy – NEW

Many regulated professions require applicants to provide evidence of English language competence. To be fair, professions must have good strategies to ensure only those with the required language skills are licensed without blocking any competent speakers. Continue reading to learn about the variety of steps and considerations involved in fair language policy.

Language Expiration Dating

Asking people to repeatedly undertake language testing, not because they failed to meet standard, but rather the test result is expired, rarely makes sense. Understanding the rationale for the use of expiration dating by language testing agencies is needed for regulators to apply it fairly. Continue reading

Recognizing Federal Background Checks – NEW

Most regulated professions require applicants to submit criminal record checks. People coming to Canada must pass extensive security checks by the federal government before they receive immigration status. Regulated professions should recognize federal security checks and only require internationally educated applicants to supply background checks for their time in Canada. Continue reading

Recognizing Professional Work Experience

Everyone acknowledges the relevance and value of professional experience qualifying people for licensure.  However, lacking a good strategy to assess it, many professions give it little consideration. Continue reading

Supervised Practice

For internationally educated professionals, providing an opportunity to learn, adapt and show competence in the field is the best strategy we possess to maximize success and support timely entry to practice. Continue reading

Timely Registration

Time out of practice deskills professionals and lowers success rates on licensure assessments.  Registration processes that take well qualified applicants more than a year to complete are rarely fair. Continue reading …

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