Bill Would Clarify Access to Regulated Professions

Legislation that would help newcomers navigate the certification and registration process and find a job in their chosen profession was introduced in the legislature today, April 24.

The Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act is intended to provide professionals from other jurisdictions with a clearer, better-defined process.

Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development, said standards for Nova Scotia certification will continue to be established by self-regulating professions themselves.

"However, this legislation will clarify the procedures for meeting those standards," Mr. Parent said. "This is a first step in reducing obstacles that many professionals face when they move to Nova Scotia from other provinces or countries. It will support and increase in the supply of workers in Nova Scotia and help us meet our labour mobility goals."

In the 2007 speech from the throne, Premier Rodney MacDonald committed to legislation that would streamline the certification and registration process to try to reach full labour mobility. A more straightforward process will make Nova Scotia a more attractive destination for externally trained professionals.

In September of last year, provincewide consultations were held to identify how legislation would address registration barriers.

Consultations have been held with regulatory bodies and immigrant settlement associations to review the proposed legislation. When the bill passes, regulatory bodies will be further consulted to help develop accompanying regulations.

Media Contact: Chrissy White
Labour and Workforce Development
Cell: 902-430-5063

Published on: 2008-04-24

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