November 16, 2023 — The B.C. provincial government has passed new legislation that will benefit internationally trained professionals.
The International Credentials Recognition Act received royal assent on November 8, 2023, and this will pave an easier path for foreign trained professionals to work in their careers.
The legilsation will require 18 regulatory bodies to remove barriers in 29 professions to make it quicker for qualified professionals to get credential recognition.
In a media release, the province listed the 29 occupations:
* registered music teacher
* professional engineer
* professional teaching certificate holder
* land surveyor
* early childhood educator
* landscape architect
* early childhood educator assistant
* applied science technologist
* conditional teaching certificate holder
* certified technician
* social worker
* registered clinical social worker
* professional biologist
* applied biology technician
* notary public
* registered biology technologist
* emergency medical assistant, including paramedics
* professional geoscientist
* chartered professional accountant
* registered professional forester
* associate real estate broker
* registered forest technologist
* managing real estate broker
* professional agrologist
* real estate representative
* technical agrologist
B.C. Premier David Eby noted a skills shortage in the province.
“That's why we're taking action to close the gaps in the system so people can get to work faster, fill in-demand jobs and provide much-needed services to people in B.C.," Eby said.