MLA Dyck launches campaign on foreign credential recognition system

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(GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB): Today, Grande Prairie MLA Nolan Dyck launched a campaign called Better for Newcomers to gather feedback on the province’s foreign credential recognition system.

The campaign follows debate around Bill 203, the Foreign Credential Advisory Committee Act, which MLA Dyck tabled in the winter and is currently before the legislature. If passed, Bill 203 would create an Alberta Foreign Credential Advisory Committee that would advocate for and make recommendations to create a more streamlined and efficient foreign credential recognition system for newcomers.

“Alberta has done some tremendous work when it comes to recognizing foreign credentials in a faster and better way, but I believe we can still do more. This is a critical issue, not just for newcomers, but for all Albertans, and our economy at large,” MLA Dyck said. “I’m encouraging all Albertans who have an interest in this subject to visit and fill out a short survey on Bill 203 and Alberta’s foreign credential recognition system. Together, we can make the system even better for newcomers.”

Several key economic sectors such as health care, construction, manufacturing, and internet technology are expected to have a labour shortage of over 3,000 workers by 2030. Bill 203, if passed, would help Alberta proactively address the labour challenges industries are facing. “Everywhere I go, from Grande Prairie to Medicine Hat, I’m hearing the same thing: Alberta’s economy is growing and diversifying, but we need more skilled worked to keep moving forward,” MLA Dyck said. “Bill 203, if passed, would position Alberta as a leader in recognizing and harnessing the potential of newcomers, bolstering Alberta’s competitiveness and economic growth for generations to come.”

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