There are thousands of internationally trained professionals in Canada who are unable to work in their chosen professions because of unfair and unnecessary barriers that they face. As of now, the regulators are unwilling to make the necessary changes to make the credential recognition process more fair and equitable for internationally trained professionals.
There is an expected shortage of 6000 dentists and 35000 family physicians by 2028. These shortages will lead to a lack of access to care, increased cost of care, and decreased quality of care. The Canadian educational system is unable to produce enough graduates to fill these demands. These shortages must be filled by internationally trained healthcare professionals before patients are impacted.
The regulatory framework that allows self-regulates organizations such as the ones that regulate healthcare professions is complicated. The system was designed without adequate oversight over these regulated professions to ensure that they are acting on behalf of the public good. There are reasonable actions that our elected representatives can take to strengthen increase oversight over self-regulated professions.
We want to create a coalition of elected representatives to help us address these issues. In our conversations with elected representatives so far, many want to help but are unsure of how to do so. We want to speak to every elected representative on both the federal and provincial levels. We are confident that if we are able to do this, we can convince them that this is an important issue to address. WIth their support, we can make the necessary changes to fix the credential recognition process for all internationally trained professionals.
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