POLITICS

Ottawa boosts Alta loan program that helps immigrants get Canadian credentials

08/01/2012 03:12 EDT | Updated 10/01/2012 05:12 EDT
CALGARY - Ottawa has added Alberta to the list of provinces where it's funding microloans for skilled immigrants to help them get Canadian credentials.

Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley has announced a $3.3 million boost for the Immigrant Access Fund Society of Alberta.

The money is meant to provide 300 additional small loans to internationally-trained professionals so they can get licenced in their chosen fields faster.

Some of the money will also help the Alberta society expand its employment counselling and credential assessment services in smaller and rural communities.

Similar announcements have already been made in B.C., Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Finlay says the loans important in addressing vacancies in professions like doctors and engineers.

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