Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced Thursday the government is giving $4 million to projects to speed up credential recognition in Canada.
"We have too many foreign-trained nurses coming to Canada who end up working as hotel maids and too many foreign-trained physicians who end up driving cabs," Kenney said Thursday at a training facility at Edmonton's NorQuest College.
In some instances, the project will allow foreign-trained nurses to start their assessment process before they even get to Canada, he said.Story continues below slideshow
"If they run into a wall, guess what — they go and start a small business and a lot of those small businesses become big businesses."
Kenney sees this expanding. There are 45 accrediting bodies for nurses, doctors, dentists, vets, lawyers, engineers and others in the ten provinces, but until now they haven't agreed on credentials.
"The New West Partnership in the three western most provinces is a good example of provinces working together," Kenney said.
"The four Atlantic provinces are doing the same thing. The biggest problem we have are the two big central Canadian provinces. They tend to have policies that are the least friendly to labour mobility and harmonization."