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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Global Experience Ontario Access Centre helps skilled international professionals get licensed to work in Ontario


I just found out about the Global Experience Ontario Access Centre (GEO), a department of Ontario’s provincial government that helps skilled newcomers obtain certification to work in Ontario in14 regulated professions. 

GEO’s services include:
·      Information about licensing, standards, and registration processes
·      Referrals to academic credential assessment agencies and language testing (for English and French)
·      Referral to the appropriate Ontario regulatory body for your profession
·      Links to language training programs nearest your home (in English and French)
·      On-site reference materials and resources, including “career maps” for each regulated profession and some trades
·      Information and referrals for retraining and bridge training programs
·      Information about alternative professional avenues where appropriate
·      Referrals to internships and mentoring programs
·      Computer terminals for clients’ use
·      Webinars for internationally trained individuals who have not yet moved to Canada but who wish to learn about the certification process in advance
·      Referral to relevant employment services.

The 14 regulated professions GEO handles are:
1.             Architects
2.             Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
3.             Certified General Accountants
4.             Certified Management Accountants
5.             Chartered Accountants
6.             Early Childhood Educators
7.             Foresters
8.             Land Surveyors
9.             Lawyers and Paralegals
10.          Professional Engineers
11.          Professional Geoscientists
12.          Social Workers and Social Service Workers
13.          Teachers
14.          Veterinarians

For more information on GEO, click on:
A comparable service for internationally educated health professionals, called HealthForceOntario, is found at:
http://www.healthforceontario.ca/en/Home
Today’s post is intended as additional constructive commentary on my posts in the recent past about Canada’s urgent need to strengthen its skilled workforce through immigration at: