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2001 | Think Tank

In 2001, over 200 people—immigrants, regulators, employers, representatives of government and post-secondary institutions, and experts from outside Manitoba—came together to discuss two crucial questions:

  1. What is the problem with Manitoba’s QR system?
  2. What are the potential solutions?

Members of this dynamic think tank exchanged their answers and state-of-the-art ideas, and spent the next year presenting them to other stakeholders. Their revolutionary thinking, shaped by stakeholder feedback, gave birth to the Framework for a Manitoba Strategy on Qualification Recognition.

2002 | Framework for a Manitoba Strategy on Qualification Recognition

In 2002, the Province created the Framework for a Manitoba Strategy on Qualification Recognition, with seven guiding principles and the overarching belief that despite our innovative approach to QR, systemic change was still required. Manitoba was one of the first provinces to articulate this fundamental shift. Manitoba stakeholders again embraced our forward thinking and continued to work together to create policy and programs that fairly and efficiently recognized the abilities of internationally educated professionals.

2009 | Manitoba Fair Practices for the Assessment and Recognition of Internationally Educated Applicants

Once the framework and processes were established, best practices were outlined in 2009 in Manitoba Fair Practices for the Assessment and Recognition of Internationally Educated Applicants. This document became a lens regulators can use to review their practices and ensure they are fair for all applicants. The document recognizes that regulators themselves are best able to set and maintain occupational practice standards to ensure applicants are qualified to work safely, competently and ethically.

Today | QR Process Model

Throughout its evolution, the QR Process Model has been based on a commitment to understanding the individual seeking to be recognized. Today, the province continues to lead the way, with the fundamental understanding that it is the process that needs to change, not the individual being assessed. Ours is an excellent track record thanks to the ability and willingness of stakeholders to customize QR methods in ways that provide the greatest chance of success. Improved methods of communication have helped everyone involved better understand the QR journey and prepare for its many steps.

Contact OMFC for a printed copy of the Process Model for Qualification Recognition.

Collaboration and Continuous Learning

Among the many positive changes that have occurred in Manitoba over the years is the understanding that QR takes a team approach. Our success is a credit to supportive regulators, educational institutions, employers and agencies all dedicated to helping internationally trained professionals achieve their potential. This atmosphere of collaboration and continuous learning has allowed us to develop an increasingly integrated, clearly defined and responsive QR model in Manitoba.

New Thinking, New Resources

In support of these efforts, we have seen the creation of exciting new pilot programs in our universities aimed at gap training. Others, such as the Report Writing Program created by the Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM) and the Internationally Educated Qualifications Program (IEQP) offered by the Manitoba Child Care Association—both developed in cooperation with Manitoba Labour and Immigration—seek to remove barriers that had previously rendered many capable people unemployed or underemployed.

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