Offering New Training Options for Regulators
The OFC is developing a series of open-access, interactive, online learning modules. Based on the learning needs and feedback received by the regulators, the OFC created the tools so that people who assess qualifications and make decisions be well trained. These modules are free, flexible learning resources to help regulators orient and train their staff, council members and committee members about the fair access law.
Professionally developed with instructional designers and content experts, the modules may constitute a useful resource for regulators. The first module is now available under the Learning Modules tab, a new section of the OFC’s website designed to provide ongoing resources and solutions for Ontario’s regulators.
Entitled “Understanding Fair-Access Law”, module 1 addresses the purpose and intent of Ontario's fair-access law, and explains the regulators' duties under the law.
Licensing Outpaces Employment for Internationally Educated Professionals
The OFC partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade on a research project to compare the employment match rates for immigrants educated in a regulated profession outside Canada with their counterparts born and educated inside Canada. Overall, the findings indicate that continuing growth in the numbers of internationally educated professionals – both immigrants and Canadian born – reinforces the importance of foreign-qualification recognition for Canada.
Results of this study are published in a special edition of the Canadian Public Policy journal and on the OFC’s website.
Increasing Openness to Acceptable Alternatives to Demonstrate Professional Competencies
Findings of the OFC’s study on Academic Requirements and Acceptable Alternatives: Challenges and Opportunities for the Regulated Professions in Ontario are now published in a special edition of the Canadian Public Policy journal. In this study, the OFC reviewed approaches to meeting academic requirements in 38 Ontario professions and compared local experience requirements and alternatives for three professions in Canada and Australia.
Interim Fairness Commissioner Appointed
On September 21, 2015, Mary Shenstone was appointed as Ontario's Fairness Commissioner, on an interim basis for a period of six months. Mary joined the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade (MCIIT) in April 2015 as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) for Transformation. Previously, she held ADM positions at the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs, Energy and Infrastructure, and Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Renewal. Read her biography here.