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Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner

Meeting the requirements under The Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act is one of several new initiatives impacting the work of Manitoba regulators. A new Manitoba Health Act, new directives under the Agreement on Internal Trade, and the expectations under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Foreign Qualification Recognition are also putting pressure on regulators to review their regulatory practices.

Added Work
Added Work

Evaluating internationally earned qualifications is an added dimension to the work of regulating. It is often time consuming and can be challenging to accurately verify degrees for Canadian equivalency.

Increasing numbers of IEPs also mean increasing requests for information and individual counseling. This can also mean more complicated files requiring a greater time commitment and intensified workload.

Different Focus
Different Focus

Regulators’ main concern is protection of the public. Emphasis has been placed on ensuring that degrees are legitimate and documents not fraudulent. Limited effort has been put toward assessing skills obtained through work experience. This has resulted in a focus on keeping incompetent people out rather than ensuring competent applicants get in.

Against Tradition
Against Tradition

Most assessment processes were set up to serve Canadians educated in a sequential education system. Internationally educated applicants are most often mid-career professionals, and different methods should be used to assess their qualifications.

Limited Expertise
Limited Expertise

Regulators are not assessment experts. Many regulators have inherited organizational practices and at times have limited understanding of the reason behind these practices or how they can be changed. The focus has been on credentials such as degrees, which can be difficult to compare and evaluate. Little attention has been directed on how best to identify what internationally educated applicants know and are able to do. Confirming that IEPs possess required clinical competencies and evaluating the equivalency of international experience against Canadian standards is challenging for most regulators.

Third Party Asessors
Third Party Asessors

Many provincial regulators use the services of a third party for assessments – usually a national organization. Regulators feel that they have little power to influence changes in a national body’s priorities or practices.

No Alternatives
No Alternatives

Assessments can result in a dead end for applicants who are not able to provide the required evidence. Regulators may have difficulty assessing academics correctly and providing gap analyses. They may not consider the competencies required for the profession—the essence of the requirement—and so have not identified alternate ways an applicant can demonstrate that they meet them. Many regulators have yet to identify entry-level competencies or to have an occupational analysis completed for their profession.

Lack of Gap Training
Lack of Gap Training

When gaps are identified, regulators often feel ill equipped to provide guidance to applicants about how they can be filled. Some regulators have identified as problematic the lack of exam preparation programs in Manitoba designed to assist IEPs. Others point to limited resources to help regulators develop competency-based assessments or to initiate gap training/bridging programs.

Limited Resources
Limited Resources

Many regulators have limited infrastructure—human resources and expertise—and need greater support to be able to access increased resources available at a pan-Canadian level for ongoing process improvements.

Limited Awareness
Limited Awareness

Increasing cultural diversity represents a new and changing world. Regulators often have limited awareness of immigration and settlement issues and of the services available to support newcomers. They are often unfamiliar with professional practices outside of Canada. This limits their ability to guide IEPs as they re-enter their profession.

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