Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner

Message from the Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner

The creation of the Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner (OMFC) in 2009 represented another progressive step in line with Manitoba's leadership in the area of international qualification recognition. Since then, the office has worked together with many stakeholders to make improvements reflecting our province's long-standing commitment to recognizing qualifications people have earned outside of Canada. Over the years, one of the OMFC’s greatest achievements is the collaborative and collegial relationships built with Manitoba regulated professions. Their positive attitude and progressive actions are shaping the experience of internationally educated professionals in Manitoba.

Today, roughly one in three applicants for licensure to regulated professions is internationally educated. The ability to appropriately assess and license individuals is key not only to their successful integration but also to meeting Manitoba's ongoing need for skilled people. Manitoba regulators are looking at how their processes are working for this group of applicants which has resulted in improvements through progressive actions. Effectively, many internationally educated professionals are better off today than before implementation of the fairness legislation. However, there is still more work to be done. In some professions, many applicants are not being licensed and in others many are in process for a long time. In some cases, applicants continue to be blocked by assessments that do not allow them to truly demonstrate competence.

However, Manitoba is up to the challenge and will continue to be an example of what can be done to ensure regulated professions have processes to license internationally educated professionals quickly, while maintaining standards.

The Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner has worked conscientiously to support Manitoba regulated professions, developing accountability processes and tools which aid these professions in their efforts to meet requirements under the Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act.



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