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Province boosts support for recognizing immigrants'credentials

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Manitoba is investing $1.4 million over two years to expedite the recognition of credentials from foreign-trained professionals who emigrate to Manitoba.

The provincial assistance will fund pilot programs at universities and colleges in the province designed to assist internationally educated newcomers to get their professional qualifications recognized allowing them to get into the workforce more quickly.

But the province does not know exactly how that will work.

It has launched a call for proposals open to Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions. It is looking specifically for programs that would target science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health and trades professionals.

"Internationally trained professionals have a wide range of talents, education and experiences, and represent a significant pool of skilled labour," said Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Christine Melnick. "By providing programs to help them integrate more quickly into the labour market, Manitoba can benefit from their skills and reduce labour shortages."

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