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Credential Evaluation

Depending on your trade or area of expertise, a licence or Ontario certification may be required to work in that type of job. Some professions are regulated and, for some trades, certification is necessary.

It is important to thoroughly research your profession in advance to find out if you qualify to work in Ontario. Regulatory bodies often have different requirements from province to province and within Ontario.

If you do not meet the education or licensing requirements, there are programs and services available to help you. One example is a Bridging Program, which helps newcomers to assess existing skills and qualifications. Bridging programs also provide training and Canadian workplace experience though mentoring opportunities.

Note: Applicants to the Federal Skilled Workers Program immigration category must have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) of their completed foreign educational credentials done by a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)-designated organization. The ECA is used to verify that an applicant’s educational degrees, diplomas, or certificates are valid and meet Canadian education standards.

For More Information

Assessment and recognition of credentials for the purpose of employment in Canada
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) fact sheet for individuals coming to Canada who need to know the value of their previous education, training and work experience. Difference between a regulated and non-regulated occupation is explained.

Foreign Credentials Referral Office
A guide to the services provided by the Foreign Credentials Referral Office, including online and telephone referrals and overseas support, a workbook for newcomers, factsheets and Working in Canada Tool.

World Education Services
A non-profit organization that provides information about foreign academic credentials, institutions and trends. This organization is designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) reports for applicants to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) immigration stream.

Work in Your Profession: Academic Credential Assessment Services
A guide to organizations that assess academic credentials to ensure they meet Ontario standards.

Working in Ontario — Find Your Profession
Ontario government website geared to newcomers with descriptions and information on regulated professions, certifications, how to register and work in regulated professions, and contact information for regulatory bodies.

Working in Ontario — Work in Your Profession
Ontario government website with information on how to work in your profession. Includes information on Bridging programs, educational requirements, certification and accreditation. Includes a link to a PDF document in 15 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Filipino (Tagalog), Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Health Force Ontario
A recruitment website for health workers, with health sector-related information.

Ontario Bridge Training
A type of training program designed to help newcomers get a licence or certificate in their profession or trade so they can work in Ontario. These programs provide internationally educated professionals with: an assessment of their education and skills against Ontario employer expectations; Canadian clinical/workplace experience; skills/academic training; preparation for licencing and/or certification; profession-specific language training; and individual learning plans. Mentoring opportunities may also be offered. Note that bursaries and tuition assistance may be available for bridge training.

Ontario Bridge Training — Success Stories
Videos showing the success stories of immigrants in a variety of occupations helped by Ontario’s bridging programs. Includes an optometrist, a social worker, a nurse, and a teacher.

Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (Service d’éducation comparée : Service des études permanentes de l’Université de Toronto)
A University of Toronto service that can provide an expert assessment report that compares your academic achievements earned outside of Canada to credentials earned in Canada. This organization is designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) reports for applicants to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) immigration stream.

International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
This organization provides an expert assessment report that compares your academic achievements earned outside of Canada to credentials earned in Canada. This organization is designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) reports for applicants to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) immigration stream.

Medical Council of Canada
A non-profit organization for physicians that provides an expert assessment report that compares your academic achievements earned outside of Canada to credentials earned in Canada. This organization is designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) reports for applicants to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) immigration stream.

St. Lawrence College Internationally Trained Immigrant Advising Service
An advisor program providing internationally trained immigrants with credential assessment and information on options for postsecondary programs and courses, language programs, and bridging programs. This service can also help with funding for education and retraining and referrals to community resources and services.

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