Foreign Credential Recognition Funding

Foreign Credential Recognition Funding

The Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP) is a key component of the Government of Canada’s commitment to attract, select and integrate skilled immigrants into the Canadian economy and society. Through contribution agreements, the FCRP offers strategic financial support to provincial and territorial governments and various organizations to facilitate the assessment and recognition of credentials acquired in other countries. Partnering organizations frequently include regulatory bodies, national associations and credential assessment agencies.

The FCRP also supports the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications (Framework) to improve integration of immigrants and other internationally trained workers into the Canadian labour market. The FCRP does not provide direct financial support to individuals.

Qualified organizations may be eligible for funding for projects or activities that ensure that foreign credential recognition processes are accessed in a fair, consistent, transparent and timely manner, and facilitate labour mobility.

Eligible Projects for Foreign Credential Recognition Program – Funding Priorities

Priorities for funding under the Foreign Credential Recognition Program include projects that respond to the Pan-Canadian Framework on the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications and that:

  • are national in scope;
  • address priority occupations and sectors representing skill shortages in Canada and/or high numbers of immigrants coming to Canada; or
  • have been identified as a priority by provincial and territorial governments.

Eligible Contribution Recipients include:

  • provincial and territorial governments;
  • regulatory bodies;
  • professional associations;
  • industry groups;
  • public health institutions;
  • not-for-profit organizations;
  • sector and cross-sectoral councils;
  • unions;
  • municipal governments;
  • school boards;
  • universities;
  • colleges;
  • CÉGEPs; and
  • consortia composed of all or some of the aforementioned types of recipient organizations.

Eligible Activities

Funding is available for activities which involve the following:

  • development, validation and implementation of foreign credential recognition tools and processes to enable regulatory authorities and stakeholders in non-regulated occupations to assess and recognize the international credentials, work experience, competencies and knowledge of internationally trained individuals in a consistent, fair, transparent and timely fashion;
  • development and implementation of Pan-Canadian certification or licensure pathways;
  • development of gap training courses (i.e. skills and knowledge upgrading) for targeted occupations and sectors;
  • development and implementation of programs that prepare internationally trained individuals in an academic and/or workplace setting to enter and succeed in their related field of study and/or expertise;
  • collaboration among stakeholders to develop alternative career pathways and job matching supports for internationally trained individuals whose qualifications do not meet Canadian standards or who were unsuccessful in obtaining their Canadian certification or licensure;
  • implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework, reporting on its progress and evaluating its impact;
  • research and analysis of current practices and systemic barriers for entry-to-practice and career advancement of internationally trained individuals in targeted occupations and sectors; and
  • partnership building and forums for stakeholders to share best practices and knowledge.

Eligible Costs

The following costs are eligible for funding (please note that all eligible costs are subject to evaluation and negotiation)Footnote 1:

  • administrative costs (e.g. wages, general operational expenditures, equipment rental and employment-related costs for staff);
  • capital costsFootnote 2;
  • professional fees (e.g. research, legal, consultants, facilitation, IT and technical expertise)
  • travel costs; and
  • other costs reasonably associated with operation of a non-for-profit association or ad-hoc consortium and related to the objective of the project.

Footnote 1: The amount of contribution funding will be determined based on the expected costs of the activities, the demonstrated need of the applicant and the applicant’s ability to undertake the activities. In-kind and financial contributions by applicants are encouraged.

Footnote 2: Contributions for capital costs such as the purchase of computers and other office equipment, furniture and other assets necessary to the project will normally not exceed $10,000.


Date Modified: 2014-05-05

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