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Manitoba Government To Implement Manitoba Careers for Internationally Educated Professionals Program

According to Manitoba’s 2022-26 Labour Market Outlook, nearly two in seven job openings in the province’s self-regulated professions are expected to go unfilled.

In response, the Manitoba government will implement a new Manitoba Careers for Internationally Educaated Professionals Program to reduce financial barriers associated with foreign qualification recognition. Economic Development, Investment and Trade Minister Jeff Wharton says, “Research shows internationally educated immigrants are far less likely to work in their field of study than those educated in Canada.”

He adds this new program will support the labour market integration of skilled newcomers in Manitoba. 

The program will provide eligible internationally educated professionals with up to $23,000 in financial assistance toward assessment and training costs associated with registering in one of Manitoba’s 28 non-nursing self-regulated professions. 

The professions include:

  • Accountant;
  • Agrologist;
  • Architect;
  • Audiologcisht and speech-language pathologist
  • Chiropractor;
  • Dental hygienist;
  • Dentist;
  • Denturist;
  • Dietitian;
  • Engineer;
  • Engineering/applied science technician and technologist;
  • Geoscientist;
  • Land surveyor;
  • Lawyer;
  • Medical laboratory technologist;
  • Midwife;
  • Nuropath;
  • Occupational theripist;
  • Optician;
  • Optometrist;
  • Pharmacist;
  • Physician;
  • Physiotherapist;
  • Podiatrist;
  • Psychologist;
  • Respiratory therapist;
  • Social worker;
  • Veterinarian;

To be eligible for the program, professionals must have already started the registration process and have an assessment decision letter from their profession’s regulatory body. The program will support professionals who can complete the registration process promptly and intend to work in Manitoba after registration.

Judith Hayes, Executive Director of Manitoba Start, says this funding will increase opportunities for newcomers to apply their skills to enter the Manitoba labour market quickly.

“Manitoba Start works in tandem with the Manitoba government by supporting internationally trained workers to develop career plans and find stepping-stone jobs in their area of expertise. We also help foreign-trained professionals work through the credential recognition process.”

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