On October 23, 2023, Premier David Eby and Workforce Development Minister Andrew Mercier introduced Bill 38 in British Columbia.
This bill called the International Credentials Recognition Act, makes it easier for newcomers to use their skills in the province.
The goal of Bill 38 also known as the International Credentials Recognition Act, is to bring skilled workers from other countries to British Columbia and boost the local economy.
The bill outlines general responsibilities, including creating a clear and fair system to assess international credentials. This process aims to be efficient and transparent, helping skilled workers find jobs in British Columbia without unnecessary hurdles.
Streamlined Credential Assessment:
Bill 38 focuses on establishing an assessment process that is fair, efficient, and transparent.
In a significant move, 29 professions, including lawyers, engineers, social workers, paramedics, and early childhood educators, will see reduced barriers to entry. This means qualified professionals can more easily seek credential recognition, regardless of where they received their training.
Simplified Language Testing:
Bill 38 eliminates the need for redundant language testing. If applicants have previously submitted valid language test results, they will not be required to undergo additional language assessments.
Faster Processing Times:
To ensure prompt assessments, Bill 38 introduces maximum processing times. Applicants can expect timely determinations within just 14 days of application submission.
Credential-assessment information will be readily available online, making the process more accessible and convenient for applicants.
Premier Eby’s Vision:
Premier David Eby’s vision is clear: remove complex and frustrating barriers that hinder skilled immigrants from contributing effectively. Bill 38 aligns with this vision, allowing immigrants to work in their fields without unnecessary obstacles.
By eliminating these barriers, British Columbia aims to create a more inclusive workforce, where individuals from diverse backgrounds can thrive and contribute to the province’s growth.
“We have many unfair processes that force new arrivals to British Columbia to go through incredibly complex, contradictory, hard-to-understand, expensive, repetitive processes that are frustrating and ultimately cause people to give up and work in a field that they’re not trained in.”
What Bill 38 Means for Immigrants:
Skilled immigrants can look forward to a streamlined and expedited integration process. With reduced bureaucratic hurdles, professionals can start contributing to the workforce more swiftly.
Utilizing Talents Effectively:
The initiative ensures that immigrants’ talents are effectively utilized, not only benefiting individuals by aligning them with suitable employment but also enriching the province with a wealth of skills and expertise.
If Bill 38 passes, it will start in the summer of 2024. A new superintendent will be chosen to ensure fair recognition of credentials.